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 sentimentalization 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
Voice Over in order of appearance: Elizabeth Balado, Amy Lewis, Zoë Prifti, Ellen Pearson, Emily Aquilina, Tiiu Meiner, Emma Gregoline, Fiona Herrod, Kaiu Meiner, Johanna Schneider
Participants: Colette Aliman with Lauriane Heim, Noemi Biasetton, Colin Keays, Felicity Morris, Tamara Orjola with The Anderen, Clara Ormières with Mathilde Philipponnat, Vincent Thornhill
Curator: Martina Muzi
Editor: Jeannette Petrik
Graphic Identity and Production: Domitille Debret, Giacomo Nanni
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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