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September 08, 2007

20 reasons to go to the Dott festival

The Dott 07 Festival opens in six weeks time in Gateshead, England. It brings together the results of projects and events that explore what sustainable life in one region could be like – and how design can help us get there. North East England, as one of the birthplaces of the carbon age, is anxious to help design its replacement. The 12 day Festival runs 16-28 October on the banks of the River Tyne. Doors of Perception has programmed its content.

If you're thinking of coming, read on. If you can't come, but know people who might be interested - please pass this on. If you can't come, and don't care about Dott, skip this story.

20 REASONS TO GO

1) Free 100-page Dott Manual (handed to you on condition that you have five conversations with a stranger).

2) Debates (the "why?" questions)

3) Site and location (world-class array of bridges)

4) Town Criers (how to be heard)

5) Landscape/Portrait (demonising design data)

6) Move Me! (no car? no problem!)

7) Welcomes (and unwelcomes)

8) Urban Camping (the real thing)

9) Landlines (landscape as spectacle)

10) Mapping The Necklace (from food to fondling)

11) New Work (time, space and lonliness)

12) Low Carb Lane (one house at a time)

13) Eco Design Challenge (the follower-generation takes charge)

14) Our New School (it's not just the building)

15) Better Lives With Dementia (an eBay for time?)

16) Design and sexual health (mourning after the night before)

17) Our cyborg future? (brain-scan heaven)

18) City Farming (hoodies cook burgers)

19) DE07 (twenty more events)

20) North East England (it's gorgeous)


WHEN WOULD BE THE BEST TIME TO GO?
You could 'do' the festival in a morning - but rushed visits are old-paradigm. The days Thursday 18 to Monday 22 October are probably best. Monday 22 is a one day mini-Doors, on Food Systems, Cities, and Design.

WILL THERE BE A DOORS GET-TOGETHER?
What a good idea. Yes. At 18:00h on Sunday 21 October. Somewhere nearby the Festival. Watch this space.

WHEN ARE THE MAIN DEBATES?

CYBORG: OUR FUTURE HUMAN BODY.
Monday 15 October
Café Scientifique @ World Headquarters 1900-2100

THE MOVEMENT DILEMMA
Thursday 18 October
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 1300 – 1600

DESIGN AND SEXUAL HEALTH
Friday 19 October
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – 11:00 -14:00

BETTER LIVES WITH DEMENTIA
Friday 19 October
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – 15:00-17:30

FOOD SYSTEMS & CITIES
Monday 22 October
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – 11:00-16:00

LOW CARB LANE.
Tuesday 23 October
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art 12:00 –14:00

SUSTAINABILITY, SCHOOLS, AND SCHOOLING
Tuesday 23 October
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art 15:00-17:30

INTERSECTIONS new design know-how
Thursday 25 October & Friday 26 October
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art 0930-1900

DO I NEED TO RESERVE SEATS AT THESE DEBATES?
Yes, here

HOW DO I GET TO NORTH EAST ENGLAND?

UK LAND CONNECTIONS

UFLIGHT CONNECTIONS

FLIGHT TIMETABLES

WHERE DO I STAY?
Choose one of these

Posted by John Thackara at September 8, 2007 08:34 AM

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