PORTUGUESE AGRICULTURE is the central theme for the participation of the Schist Villages, representing Portugal as a guest country at EUNIQUE 2015 - International Fair for Applied Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany on 8-10 May.
The project has involved around 150 people from 9 Portuguese university schools of design, 22 craft studios and a design team, who were invited to immerse themselves in the life of the villages, drawing inspiration from the context of those places and their communities, landscapes and culture, and using them conceptually to create significant objects of memory and identity of the Portuguese culture and spirit, and the values of the territory.
OUR GAME PLAN IS TO REINVENT THE CULTURE OF PLACES WITH THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THEM SO AS TO GENERATE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC VALUE IN THE REGION. Our experimentation is based on our identity, making use of creativity and knowledge. We are giving this territory visibility as a living laboratory, open to new thinking and settlers capable of playing a key role in changing the social fabric to bring about new ways of doing and being.