Object Platform is a place that exists in the digital sphere to experiment, prototype new thinking, spark physical provocations and commission new content. It brings the Australian Design Centre’s thinking beyond its four walls – beyond the exhibitions, events and objects – through long-form articles, research papers, online exhibition, webinars and live interviews, as well as conference presentations, lectures, panels, forums, films, audio tours and a writer-in-residence program.
This program is part of Australian Design Centre’s ongoing research into object, furniture, lighting and industrial design, fashion design, architecture, crafts, ceramics, jewellery, textile arts, glass, timber and mixed media.
It consolidates a large body of original writing, research and content published over ADC’s 50+ year history, including Object magazine (published 1996 – 2009 and digitally 2011-2012) and a series of full-length catalogues, the latest of which is Obsessed: Compelled to make, a 112-page book that includes artist interviews, two essays and a commissioned poem. Existing essays online explore ADC’s Global Contexts, Indigenous Craft and Design, Technology and Innovation and other topics. ADC also has a Writer in Residence program that will be continuing through 2018–2019.
Future areas of research might include: ethical design, placemaking through design and craft, maker societies and cultural meaning, cross-cultural collaboration, multi-disciplinary and hybrid approaches to craft, lost and traditional crafts, creativity and wellbeing, women in design, jobs of the future, design for social justice, innovation in materials and process, sustainable design and new technologies.