Are data merely cold numbers? Where is the data from? How can data help us get to know each other? What changes would the big data revolution bring about to design?
Domestic Data Streamers, an internationally-renowned creative studio from Barcelona, has pushed the boundaries of design, art, science and sociology to explore new languages of data and ways of using data to tell stories.
Co-founder Pau Garcia and Creative Director Maria Fabuel will relate to us their past adventures and experimentations with “humanised” data, discuss approaches to use and present data as well as share their points-of-view on the future of design with the three curators of deTour 2022.
1. Chi-wing Lee, Curator of deTour 2022
2. Kay Chan Wan Ki, Curator of deTour 2022
3. STICKYLINE, Curator of deTour 2022
1. Pau Garcia, Founding Partner of Domestic Data Streamers, Co-Creator of ‘About Time’
2. Maria Fabuel, Creative Director of Domestic Data Streamers, Co-Creator of ‘About Time’
Chi-wing Lee is a product designer and founder of Milk Design Limited. After completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Industrial Design respectively at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and then at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris, he began his design career at Habitat in France.
Upon his return to Hong Kong, Lee joined Philips Design before setting up Milk Design in 1998. He was recognised by Time Out magazine as one of the Top 25 Hong Kong Designers and Monocle magazine has described his designs as ‘simple yet experimental’. His work won numerous design awards and has been collected by museums.
Lee believes that design is a tool to explore the different facets of life, and that design is inseparable from daily living. In recent years, he has been actively involved in curatorial work – using exhibitions as a medium to promote design to the general public. Passionate about design education, he is currently a visiting lecturer at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is part of various design education programmes at the PMQ and the Hong Kong Design Centre.
Graduated from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University majoring in Industrial Design, Kay Chan Wan Ki is a product designer and community interaction planner specialising in sustainable design, whilst integrating art and design into public spaces to promote community and environmental inclusion.
Kay’s deep involvement in community interaction planning led her to infuse elements of community participation in her design and creative process. She was responsible for the design of the Tsuen Wan Yi Pei Square Playground as part of the ‘Play is for the People’ programme (sponsored by CreateHK) in 2018. In 2020, Kay redesigned the public space at Choi Yee Bridge Garden for the ‘Viva! River’ project to raise community awareness for environmental and ecological protection. She has also led educational programmes on creativity and participatory design with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, M+, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and PMQ. In recent years, Kay has actively participated in curatorial work that sparks communication and interaction, including the opening exhibition ‘Our Living Library’ at Oil Art Space in 2022.
Kay has won recognition for her strength in inspiring public creativity and turning interactions with public spaces into artistic and community explorations. Her work on the Tsuen Wan Yi Pei Square Playground for the ‘Play is for the People’ programme won the Grand Award at the 2021 DFA Design For Asia Awards (sponsored by CreateHK). In the same year, her sustainable design project ‘Revive: Salted Fish’ was named 2021 Gold Winner at South Korea’s Asia Design Prize.
STICKYLINE is a prominent creative duo comprising Mic Leong and Soilworm Lai from Hong Kong. Renowned for their distinctive, large-scale polyhedron sculptures, the duo is the mastermind behind the creative engineering, intricate mathematics and complex geometric structures in their work.
Crafting simple yet durable shapes using paper and metal, STICKYLINE combines technologies in kinetic, sound and light to enhance the experience of their work. The duo also conducts site-specific curation, explores experimental spatial experiences with minimalist geometric aesthetics and injects communal creative energy into their ever-evolving body of work.
Formed in 2011, STICKYLINE features a clientele ranging from international brands such as Ralph Lauren, Puma, Givenchy, Mercedes-Benz, Leica and Audemars Piguet to local organisations such as Design Trust, PMQ, Landmark and Lee Gardens, as well as private commissions.
Domestic Data Streamers is a creative studio comprising of researchers, designers and coders from Barcelona that have taken on the challenge to change the way we understand data. Their work on service and interaction design plays with the boundaries of arts, science and sociology to explore new data languages and to tell stories with data. Founded in 2013, the team has created data-led experiences for museums, global organisations and cultural institutions including the United Nations, TED Talks and California Academy of Sciences.
(From left to right)
– Maria Fabuel, Creative Director of Domestic Data Streamers, Co-Creator of ‘About Time’
– Pau Garcia, Founding Partner of Domestic Data Streamers, Co-Creator of ‘About Time’