New location in Birzeitannelys
We are delighted to announce that we moved to the historic centre of Birzeit. From now on we will organize our activities from the restored former family house of Ottoman architecture ‘Hosh Jalsa’ — also known as ‘Dar al Nasser’.
After seven years of experience with the design and crafts community in Palestine, Disarming Design from Palestine will give a permanent place to the design discourse. The new location will provide us ground for a social café, design library, a flex workspace, Disarming Design gallery, our office and in addition a guesthouse and space for residencies. Here we will develop an active program from the network and the experiences we have gained in developing the design label.
We see this new place as a knowledge and social space in relation to contemporary design, with an inspiring program of lectures, debates and other meetings around design. From there we let it grow step by step, in collaboration with local and international enthusiastic partners and improvising with the unpredictable reality. Because our insights led to an ever sharper awareness, partly due to the organization of annual workshops; namely that there is a great need for a sustainable educational critical design program, which maintains an active relationship with the local design and crafts communities. In Palestine many craftsmen are active, but because of the situation and their often very marginalized positions they lack enough work. With our project we are focusing on the cooperation between contemporary design and local crafts. By making, there is greater independence from the market and room for expressing your own identity.
In ‘Hosh Jalsa’ we want develop the conditions for a learning experience that focuses on economic, political and artistic independence. How can artistic action in a conflictual reality be used to conduct research into that reality? How can you as a designer actively co-design the political, economic and social impact of a design? What are the condition, and potential for this in the Palestinian context?