Duck Design Week
Duck Design Week was a development of Miles Worner’s Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project: ‘The Way of the Duck’, a practice and philosophy for the urban condition, an investigation into our relation with Ducks. “I believe ducks are the last free spirits in our city. We, humans, have a tradition of nurturing them to take part in their wild games and comfort in their peacefulness. I see the popularity and proliferation of Ducks in our culture as a sign that we urgently need more spaces for curiosity, play and wild behaviour for our own species.
Miles believes we need to escape from our day-to-day, from rigid historical customs! “We need a dose of wildness that only ducks can give us.” Hence the creation of Duck Design Week 2021!
Miles organised 4 duck design events within the week based at Residency For The People:
To kick off Duck Design Week he invited a small ‘raft’ (term used for a group of ducks) of people to a local lake to perform and become ducks, to start and inspire the week of duck related events. Second was a ‘Duck Art Workshop’ where passers- by and bar customers were invited to explore and interpret ducks into clay, creating a wild array of duck-like ceramics. Which are now permanently exhibited at the bar. Next was an evening of ‘Duck Tapes’, a night of collective music listening from cassette tapes played by a machine constructed from dated cassette decks duck-taped together. The final day of Duck Design Week was the ‘Duck Drive’. A Citroen Ugly Duck flew around town with a duck attached to its roof when it delivered Mizdruk’s maximalist duck design prints to Residency For The People. Mizdruk is a print artist based in Sectie-C,he ran an open studio during the week where he was making Duck prints amongst others.
Duck Design Week was a refreshing escape from the busyness of Dutch Design Week, a playful friendly pond to take rest from the rest of the city, a space to be free and express your inner duck.