Make a Vase - Submissions Open for Worldwide Inclusive Exhibition

An exhibition by Australian designer Dale Hardiman and American artist and designer Mark Dineen.

Sharefolder Fantasy is a project that will be presented at Australia’s largest design fair, Melbourne Design Week.

Anyone and everyone worldwide can participate by simply making a vase and sharing a photo of it. 

Exhibition dates: 17-27 March, 2022
Submissions close: 1 March, 2022

The instructions are as simple as below:
- Step 1: Make a vase
- Step 2: Upload a picture of your vase through the website, and tell us who you are, how we contact you, and where you are
- Step 3: All submissions will be presented digitally on from March 17th, while some vases will go on display in Melbourne for Melbourne Design week 2022

Conceptual Intent

With this project Dale and Mark are fighting the impulse to create defined, material objects in the well-trodden fashion of artists and designers. Instead they are soliciting participants to build uncurated work on their own terms.

At the heart of the project is what Dale and Mark envision as a global scale manufacturing centre composed of, and controlled by, of all the participants in the project. This manufacturing centre is both instantaneously materialised and totally decentralised. It is one that is obedient to the individual instead of the inverse. It also almost entirely eliminates the need for geographical square footage by prioritising digital communication to connect its stakeholders and distribute its products. In this way, the project’s broadest reach explores the implications of technology, labor, and de-structured hierarchies on domestic expressions of self.

Underpinning the exhibition is a humanistic outlook on the state of the world, in spite of the worst consequences of global marketplaces. Consequences which we have witnessed, but also readily accepted, in the pursuit of more. More stuff, more space, more people, more power, more everything. This project rejects the production standards and instant availability of consumer culture in order to invite expression and radical inclusivity.

Dale and Mark hope to provide both participants and audiences an opportunity to engage work from around the world and observe the inflections of local materials, cultures, and customs on that work.  

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