Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum stressed in
『The Fourth Industrial Revolution(2016)』 that today’s rapidly changing economic and industrial
environment requires a collective enlightened wisdom more than ever. The Fourth Industrial
Revolution which refers to the next-generation industrial revolution aiming at improving work
competitiveness by converging manufacturing and ICT has become evident with robots,
artificial intelligence and bio-technology growing at fast pace and virtual-physical systems
(smart factory, autonomous vehicles) being built. Therefore, the following argument of Schwab
seems compelling: practicing “human-oriented values” by seeking a sustainable model for
future societies, industries and economies through openness, sharing, connectivity and solidary
based on crowd-sourcing is the key to the success of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In a hyper
connected society connected 24/7 through Internet and smartphones, wisdom and insights are
all the more crucial for entrepreneurs who need to manage diverse unexpected economic and
industrial risks and inconsistencies that arise from constant convergence process (which can be
solved with science and logic but in reality take different forms of trouble, conflicts, concerns, and
Based on its long history and culture, Korea has wisdom gained from
experience on preserving, succession and study about culturally survived
tangible and intangible cultural asset like idea, creativity and technic.
As Korean handcraft system, including Du-rae, joint labor custom of
agricultural society, Gyeoung-gongjang(government lead) and
Woi-gongjang(private management)’s manufacturing system was
managed based on thorough independent and collaborated works of
experts by field.
Bareun Set (Yu-gi), Collaboration with Ki-sang GIO & Soo-young KIM
ⓒ Ki-sang GIO
Cauliflower Container, etc. Ceramic Desinger Sena Gu ⓒ Sena Gu
In other word, traditional manufacturing system was managed in cyclical system where data
of massive knowledge and experience, chain of learning and feedback, cooperation and
connectivity were learnt and retrained between people as major concept (Human connection).
Through this system, knowhow and results are shared and accumulated. Even though this
industrial system was faded during the Japanese colonial era, the Korean war and political,
social, economic turbulence after war, Korea achieved political, social and economic
development for last 60 years and it became a leader in IT today(Smart).
As MCBW 2017’s partner country, under the theme ‘Human Connection, Beyond Smart’, Korea composes
program with ‘collective wisdom’ and ‘collective dialogue’, exhibition, conference, workshop and event
will be managed in this frame. The main exhibition ‘Handshake’ will introduce examples of collabonomics
of Korean craft design and graphic. Under the keywords: Sharing, Collaboration, Coexistence and Open,
Idea, creativity and technology of various experts like craftsman, designer, maestro and intangible cultural
heritage meet and compose new design scenery. In conference, keynote speeches and roundtable
are managed about education, heritage and craft industry 3.0. Also Today can be considered digital age.
And this era requires re-education for new paradigm and training human resource through design training
and innovational education system. In this context, there will be a lecture about Korean typo design
and PaTI. It makes experimental design education environment. In addition, about the value and utilization
of cultural heritage,National intangible heritage institution and Korean cultural heritage foundation
will introduce their joint project. Also lecture about ‘innovation of manufacturing industry 3.0’, new paradigm
of craft industry in digital era will be given. In Roundtable, a forum of collective dialogue, Korean and
Germany experts will exchange various opinion about idea, technology and creating cooperative
ecosystem between individuals and enterprises. Moreover, During the MCBW 2017, various opportunities
like workshops and events where one can meet Korean food, movie and music are scheduled as much as
exhibitions and lectures.
From Grandma’s closet to Brooch,
Collaboration with Hee J. KANG & Jung-you CHOI
Crafts Culture Promotion Team
MCBW 2017 Partnerland Korea
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