Dutch Design Week 2018, Curated by Annegret Bönemann (DE)
There is no such thing as waste in nature. In a natural system, any output generated by one organism becomes useful to another, nothing is left to waste. Human beings, however, have disrupted this natural harmony by placing pressure on natural resources to meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population and the demands of our economies.
In the context of the current ecological crisis, Anthropogenic points to an urge to imagine, design and build adopting a different relationship to our environment, in order to orient design standards away from the mainstream circuits of industrial mass production. Four international designers present their positions thematizing the thin line between value and non-value and thus the contexts and means that determine, or alter, this line.
Anthropogenic turns Bergstraat 8 in Eindhoven into a space for reflection on materials and their value, or lack thereof. The exhibition addresses the impact of the consumption cycle, waste and recycling on our social and natural environment and invites one to reflect on their definition of waste.
35 Pieces of Jade by Studio Double Plus
HeWen Chen and Chia Ling Li’s bracelets reflect the beauty of imperfection and nature by giving new value to 35 pieces of discarded jade, which did not comply with the high-quality standards of a Taiwanese jade factory.
„We believe that innovation is not only based on the latest technology but also on our cultural heritage and nature.”
Rouge Camarque by Roxane Lahidji
Roxane Lahidji’s objects evoke the layered landscape of salt fields in France’s wild landscape of red salt lagoons, The Camargue, which marks the origin of her fascination with salt as a versatile and underestimated material.
„Those landscapes stayed engraved in my memory as a symbol of self-completion and contentment.”
The Stone Itself by Yen-An Chen
Yen-An Chen utilises the effect of a magnifying glass to literally enlarge the value of thrown-away pieces of marble, focussing on their pure material properties rather than searching for a new function.
„I would like to direct the eye of the beholder and hence draw attention to material qualities.”
Memory of the Sea by Agnieszka Mazur
Agnieszka Mazur aims to reveal the potential of local resources by experimenting with various natural and artificial materials, harvested in Zeeland to create objects that are holding the memory of their place of origin.
„Every landscape holds its own memory.“
Roxane Lahidji (1992, FR) is a designer who seeks to find new relationships between primary materials and objects of our daily lives. Having graduated from the Social Design department of the Design Academy in 2017, she continues her research on transforming salt into a sustainable design material. For more information, visit www.roxanelahidji.com
Yen-An Chen (1988, TW) is an artist and product designer, who graduated from the Social Design department of the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017. His work is inspired by anatomy and bionics, and is characterised by his strong interest in traditional craftsmanship and materials. For more information, visit www.yenanchen.com
Agnieszka Mazur (1984, PL) is a material researcher and designer, graduated from the Contextual Design department of the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017. Driven by curiosity and a need for making, she looks for new identities and uses of materials by exposing their hidden and often neglected qualities. For more information, visit www.instagram.com/agmazur
Chialing Li (1990, TW) and Hewen Chen (1989, TW) are textile and product designers sharing a passion for combining new materials with industrial production processes. Li and Chen are currently pursuing their master's degree at Royal College of Arts and Shih-Chien University, respectively. For more information, visit www.doubleplus.cc
Annegret Bönemann (1990, DE) is a designer and curator who is passionate about shaping meaningful interactions between people. Having graduated from the Social Design department of the Design Academy 2017, she works at the intersection of design, technology and sociology, and enjoys creating multidisciplinary networks of people. For more information, visit www.boenemann.com