to thine own self be true

— William Shakespeare


This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.


William Shakespeare, Hamlet (Act-1, Scene-III, 78–82), c. 1599–1601.


IN Residence Design Workshop #14: “Truth Tellers” is a creative laboratory that investigates the multiple meanings attributed to the concept of truth in today’s society, organizing a study that intends to reflect on the cultural value assigned to that concept. During four days, the designers-tutors, the curators and the participants are called to confront ideas and interact with the ultimate purpose of developing design considerations that can answer the questions implicit in the given research topic. As conclusion, a public event will be held to present the results of the research, to which two exclusive conferences by both curators and both designers-tutors will be added.

Characterised by an ever-changing spatial manifestation, the programmes in maat are organically developed around thematic axes (signified with an #), tackling the intricacies, wonders and unknowns of the historical present. Currently being worked on, the first of these will be: #commoning / The Design & Scale of the Common Good, #thetruth / “The Truth Was Supposed to Set Us Free” (Garry Kasparov) / #datamatters / Data, Fabric of Life.