IN Residence organizes a series of workshops, each focusing on a specific theme of investigation, conducted by young and outstandingly talented designers from the international scene. In collaboration with the curators of the project, the Designers/Tutors interact with groups of participants – students, recent graduates, young professionals and people interested in contemporary design – in order to experiment with new creative concepts through dialogue and sharing, and thus offering a truly unique formative experience. The workshops are held in conjunction with international cultural initiatives and events in the field of design and contemporary art.


NOV 4th-7th, 2020 
In the context of:


If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
― René Descartes

The truth was supposed to set us free.
― Garry Kasparov

The exponential acceleration of the production and spread of information in the digital era exposes us to the possible appearance of relative or partial truth, as well as the generation of involuntary falsehood – the result of an accidental error also indicated with the term misinformation – or of intentional action, which for various reasons we might see as malicious, expressed through the term disinformation.

Characterized by the presence of “post-truth”, an expression that points to the trend of considering the truthfulness of a report as a matter of secondary importance, the contemporary world often seems to value a non-objective emotional-sensational reaction more than an analytical response based on the facts.
With reference to this scenario, IN Residence Design Workshop #14: “TRUTH TELLERS” investigates the multiple meanings attributed to the concept of truth in today’s society, organizing a study that sets out to reflect on the cultural value assigned to that concept.
Applying the exercise of Design Thinking, the workshop examines the opposing categories of false and authentic, fiction and non-fiction, also considering the potential influence that can be exerted on these issues by doubt.

Questioning the possible existence of a “truth” that can be seen as absolute – “Truth is truth, to the end of reckoning,” as Shakespeare wrote – the workshop is oriented toward exploration of the shifting nature of reality and facts, considering a series of queries. Through design activity, is it possible to produce new categories of devices – analog or digital, handmade or industrial – capable of detecting and revealing the truth? Is it possible to give rise to individual or collective practices useful to develop a shared idea of truth?
Can we transform ourselves into truth-divining entities? Can we achieve new forms of awareness driven by the divination of future truths?


Thomas Ballouhey (France, 1990) lives and works in Paris. After receiving a bachelor in Product Design at the ESAD of Reims, he graduated from the Contextual Design Master Course of the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016. His practice revolves around altering different techniques and materials, and implementing them in various scenarios. Eager to find ways of functioning outside of the usual expectations, he explores objects and techniques from an Outsider point of view.


Nicholas Gardner (Australia, 1988) and Saša Štucin (Slovenia, 1984) live and work in London. Nicolas studied MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. Saša Štucin studied MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London in 2016. Their practice focuses on creating work with conflicting functions and imagery, without abandoning beauty or consumer logic. They are keen to blur the boundaries between acceptable furniture typologies and conceptual representative objects.


MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
Av. Brasília, Belém 1300-598 Lisboa


MAAT Mode 2020

The “MAAT MODE 2002” programme is an experimental participatory public programme, presented as an open-ended exercise in interrogating the role of cultural institutions in society and prototyping the future museum. In the words of the Executive Director of MAAT, Beatrice Lenza: “Institutions of culture should be catalyst platforms to render discourse actionable and empower audiences to own their choices through the articulation of debate, the sharing of positions, and the formulation of knowledge. This is the museum as An Open Forum – A Stage – A School.”


During the period of the “TRUTH TELLERS” workshop, the Designers/Tutors and the curators of the project are the leaders in an experience of total collaboration, a discussion that continues beyond the work sessions and extends into moments of leisure time. Dialogue and interaction, together with hands-on activities of experimentation, are the prioritized tools with which the workshop delves into the creative process.


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Participation is open to design professionals, students of any level and enthusiasts in the field of design practice. People who are interested in pioneering design research and crossovers between design and other social, scientific and philosophical areas of interest. All participants must be over 18 years of age and have written and oral fluency in the English language.


The workshop will be conducted in English.

Application And Deadlines

The workshop is open to up to maximum of 24 participants. You can book your place directly on our website, in a very simple process, selecting the billing method and accepting the Terms and Conditions.
You can buy your ticket until November 3rd 2020.


MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology offers a total of 15 scholarships to cover the costs to attend the workshop. To compete for the selection, candidates must send their RESUME and PORTFOLIO plus a short MOTIVATION LETTER by and no later than October 4th 2020 to the address Candidates selected as scholarship winners will be contacted by email no later than October 7th 2020.
PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships do not cover travel and accommodation expenses.


The IN Residence workshop requires a fee of 500€ for general admission, with a special discount price of 300€ for students. Lunch during the four days of the workshop is provided by IN Residence and included in the participation fee (please advise if you have any food allergies by writing to Student discounts are available only for individuals who meet the requirements by providing proof of student status (valid student ID) at before booking. Fees do not include travel or accommodation costs.

Terms and conditions

Cancellation policy: 50€ will be withheld for every cancellation to cover organizational costs. A penalty fee of 200€ is applied (in addition to the 50€ deposit) for every cancellation submitted starting one month prior to the first day of the workshop. Cancellations starting 2 weeks prior to the start date of the workshop will not be eligible for any reimbursement. The registered individual has the option of naming a substitute to attend in his/her place without any penalty fee. PLEASE NOTE: in case of cancellation of the workshop due to the Covid-19 health emergency, the total registration fee will be refunded.


Each participant is responsible for arranging sufficient insurance coverage for the duration of the workshop: accident, liability and health insurance for travel abroad including evacuation, and theft insurance for personal effects. The organizer is not liable for any costs or damages. For all its offered courses and initiatives, the organizer shall not be liable for any damages to people or property caused by sovereign acts of any government, acts of nature or third parties.

Visa Requirements

Participants who require a visa are responsible for obtaining it with the correct timing.


All the materials required for the workshop will be provided by IN Residence. Participants need to bring only their own laptops. Please ensure that this equipment is covered by your own insurance, as the organization (IN Residence and MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen during the workshop.


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