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Interview: Gaia Kadmon

Interviews | August 30, 2017 |

Interview: Gaia KadmonImage courtesy of Gaia Kadmon

Interview: Gaia Kadmon

Luca Curci talks with the artist Gaia Kadmon, the winner of an HONORABLE MENTION of IT’S LIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 4TH EDITION 2017.

Gaia Kadmon was born on 11th of August, 1988, in Tel-Aviv, Israel, to an Israeli-Italian origin. In 2016 she obtained her BA in Design studies from the Design & Innovation Faculty at the College of Management Academy, Israel. At which point she interned at STAV architects, an Israeli architecture office. In November 2016 she relocated to Berlin, and she is now interning at a local exhibition design office. During her undergraduate studies, she took part in international projects including the group exhibition DZining the timeline at the Luxembourg design biennale, and an international exchange program at the MA architecture studies in Dessau, Germany. In addition, her undergraduate thesis Inversion, was published by the leading Israeli Design Magazine Bait Vanoy in 2017.

Her training thus far was guided by an interdisciplinary approach which has inspired her motivation to explore different scales of design and planning. She is extremely curious and eager to explore a wide range of design disciplines, while growing and developing as a designer. By examining broader aspects of design, she hopes to dive deeper and gain a better understanding of the complexity of design projects.

 

Interview: Gaia Kadmon
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Luca Curci – What is the message linked to your projects?

Gaia Kadmon I aspire to design projects that contain contextual depth. I believe no design project exists in a vacuum. Instead, every project is a new intervention to an existing space, culture or common approach. The aesthetics of my work derives from the interpretation of the hidden qualities of a place, from a new perspective.
The design should tell a story and arouse awareness, by educated use of material, color, proportions, light, flow of space or any other method. The deeper the concept goes, the stronger the connection gets between space, man and time. I believe this is how architecture and design becomes timeless.

 

L.C. – How would you define your responsibility as an architect/artists?

G.K. – Among all the responsibilities I could think of, the strongest would be to expose the public to what is beyond the visible surroundings. I want to make the viewer curios about the space, spark his interest in the background and all the stories any location has to tell, also when it’s a controversial one. In my project “Inversion” in Tel-Aviv, Israel, The exposure lies within the chosen location, which is on the border of the Arab and the Jewish sector of the city. The spatial obscurity in this area is due to the presence of a historical-cultural fracture. It is the untraceable memory of Manshiya, a forgotten Arab quarter, which ruins were covered by an artificial park. The urban context led to the design principal of exposing part of the buried surface level along the old neighborhood’s main road which directly connects to the existing level nowadays. As if an inversion of the surfaces has occurred.

 

Interview: Gaia Kadmon
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L.C. – Are you concerned about environmental and social sustainability in your buildings? If so, what role does green building play into your work?

G.K. – I had the privilege to be part of an inclusive design group project for the 3rd age, exhibited in Luxembourg Design Biennale. It was a collaboration between the Design & Innovation Faculty at the College of Management Academy, JDC Israel and Servior, Luxembourg’s elderly’s centers Institute.
The project is a scent library, executed as a therapeutic activity among elderly with dementia. The stimulation of their memory through guided therapy could encourage communication abilities, autobiographical self-expression and restored identity.
While pondering how we should approach this issue, I realized how significant the impact of design can be in terms of social sustainability. What is often lacking is accessibility, both at the physical and the emotional level.

 

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L.C. – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

G.K. – I grew up under a cloak of creativity. My mother is a children’s book illustrator and my father was an architect. Thus I got to know and experience two worlds, one of narrative and the other of abstraction. My goal has always been to combine those two aspects in my own new interpretation. Adding an emotive experience to a dimensional form. At this early phase of my career, I know for a fact that every experience I encounter influences my work and future progress as a designer – directly and indirectly.

 

Interview: Gaia Kadmon
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L.C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

G.K. – Naturally my style changes the more I keep developing. The most eminent change I witness and try to refine constantly is the accuracy in transferring the concept to the real world, like transferring thoughts to spoken or written language. The challenge is To find balance during the necessary process of reduction and filtering, in such a way that what is meant to be poetry, will not turn into a piercing scream.

 

L.C.- Do you usually cooperate with museums, architecture studios or other institutions? If so, for what kind of projects?

G.K. – As I recently finished my B.A in design studies and have an aptitude for interdisciplinary design, I would be thrilled to have opportunities to cooperate with various institutions, especially such coming from a cultural, social or artistic field. I desire to keep on learning from future cooperations, as well as contributing my passion and motivation.

 

Interview: Gaia Kadmon
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L.C. – Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about It’s LIQUID Platform and our services?

G.K. – I would definitely recommend a cooperation with your platform. Since it is accessible for all levels of professionality, it grants the opportunity to connect creatives from myriad design fields. These possibilities of exposure are exciting

 

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