Design Drinks & Talks 28.03 PHENOMENA

We cordially invite you on Thursday 28 March at 7pm for another edition of Design Drinks & Talks.

Our inspiration and networking gathering for creatives and anyone interested.

For this edition, we will visit ELDERS, a collective that organises contemporary art exhibitions in Kortrijk in special locations. Among other things, they want to offer young talents at the beginning of their careers a platform.

Their brand new exhibition is entitled PHENOMENA and runs from 03.03.2024 to 07.04.2024 in a former school building that will soon be redeveloped (Boerderijstraat 69A, 8500 Kortrijk).

For the Design Drinks & Talks, we again foresee a diverse line-up of speakers on the theme "Phenomena" or how we experience reality.

On stage 🎤:

👉 Mark Venter - Creative Lead & Brand Experience Strategist at Once (talk in English)
👉 Joachim Froment - art director at futurewave (talk in English)
👉 Xavier Mary - artist PHENOMENA (talk in English)

Guided visit through the exhibition by Elders after the talks.



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Mark Venter

Creative Lead & Brand Experience Strategist at Once (talk in English)

Once is a multidisciplinary studio that creates engaging experiences to increase engagement for brands, organisations and events. Their sole mission is to tell great stories.

They invent things and then make them happen. From doodles to motion, campaigns to events, AI to infinity.

Mark Venter is a multi-stack designer, art director and creative lead at Once with a penchant for bright colours, beautiful designs and compelling stories. He specialises in concepts, branding and visual communication.

Joachim Froment

Art director at futurewave (talk in English)

Futurewave is a product design agency founded by designers and engineers with a passion for cutting-edge technology.

Joachim Froment is art director at futurewave, as well as a designer and artist. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in Product Design. In 2017, he started his career as a designer and project manager for Skibsted Ideation in Copenhagen where he led projects for renowned furniture and transport companies in Denmark such as Hay, Engelbrecths, Danfoss and Biomega. Joachim won a number of design awards such as the Rado Star Design Prize at the London Design Festival in 2017 and the Bolia Design Prize in 2018.

Xavier Mary

Belgian artist Xavier Mary was born in 1982 in Liège, lives and works in Brussels. After completing his education at the École de Recherche Graphique (ERG) in Brussels, he has participated frequently in both individual and group exhibitions at home and abroad since 2005.

His work fluctuates between post-industrial sculpture and post-apocalyptic realism.

In PHENOMENA there are no less than 3 works on display by Xavier, they are a kind of artifacts from our daily lives that turn into sacred relics. He is delighted to take you through his inspiring oeuvre.


Welcome from 19h

First talk starts at 19h20

We foresee about 15 minutes per talk.

Guided tour of the PHENOMENA exhibition by Elders after the talks

Boerderijstraat 69A
8500 Kortrijk

Free admission subject to registration