A research project with Marvin Unger for the exhibition
Membranes uses mechanisms native to the world of cellular biology as metaphors to analyse social divisions in transition.
Membranes provides an analytical reading of the complexity of human behaviours in an acute crisis situation, the COVID-19 pandemic. The project challenges designed divisions on a variety of scales, highlighting the human need for security in the context of an incomprehensible situation and its instrumentalization for political control.
The metaphor of the biological membrane provides a framework to grasp the problematic, reflecting Timothy Morton’s thoughts on the ‘Hyperobject’.
Across all scales, Membranes are separating, while simultaneously, connecting entities.
Project: Jasper Zehetgruber and Marvin Unger
Visual Effects: Simon Gehring
Audio Consultant: Stephan Schmidt
Publication: Design Academy Eindhoven
Curator: Martina Muzi
Editor: Jeannette Petrik
Technical Support: Quentin Creuzet, Niek van Sleeuwen
Communication and PR: Raffaela Vandermühlen, Ilka van Steen
Executive Board DAE: Joseph Grima, Creative Director
Mechtild van den Hombergh, Director of Organisation
Raf de Keninck, Director Education and Research
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