deTour, the annual design festival in Hong Kong organized by PMQ and sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will feature both a virtual and physical exhibition! This year's design festival, themed on Matter of Life, is curated by Hong Kong-based Trilingual Design Studio and will open from 27 November to 6 December 2020 with an unparalleled online initiative to coincide with the physical festival to be held at PMQ. Highlights include the large-scale interactive commissioned work FLOCK by Whatever Inc., a robust programme of workshops and design dialogues, and a series of featured designs exploring the themes of life in a pandemic, climate change, sustainability and more!
Through innovative design, deTour has been working together with web design studio WEEWUNGWUNG, who has teamed up with exhibition designer Architecture Commons to co-design an imaginary virtual experience for international and local audiences. Amid the global pandemic, interactions with friends and family members have never been more precious. Against this background, the festival will focus on the collection of “spirit” in a year of uncertainty to come up with a virtual festival that aims to provide a platform for visitors from all over the world to connect, interact and communicate within the same space.
The virtual festival can be accessed through deTour’s website, where visitors can create their own animated avatar to explore and interact with the exhibits, virtually walk around the exhibition and talk to other visitors globally via an instant chat box. These functions also aim to provide an alternate reality for deTour’s online visitors, giving them a sense of escapism from the current state of the world through gathering together in the virtual reality. For further information about deTour 2020 design festival, please visit deTour’s website.
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