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Top-News  |  18. January 2017

FEAR AND LOVE

Andres Jaque - Intimate Strangers, © Office for Political Innovation

Christien Meindertsma, Fiber Market, © Luke Hayes

Hussein Chalayan, The Room Tone, © Chalayan and Intel

Ma Ke - The Earth, © Zhou Mi

Madeline Ganno, Mimus, © Luke Hayes

Reactions to a Complex World

Fear and Love, the opening exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington, presents eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today. The exhibition shows how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. In a multidisciplinary and global exhibition the Design Museum aims to capture the mood of the present and establish itself as the home of design debate.

In response to the recent Brexit vote, the architecture practice OMA presents 'The Pan-European Living Room'. Furnished with a piece of design from each of the 28 EU member states, the installation proposes that our very notion of the domestic interior has been shaped by an ideal of European cooperation and trade. In the installation 'Room Tone' ,UK-based Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan has produced a series of wearable devices that detect your emotions and project them for the outside world to see.

Designer Madeline Gannon has created custom software to transform a 1200kg industrial robot into a living, breathing mechanical creature named 'Mimus'. More than a tool for performing repetitive tasks, Mimus is able to sense and respond to your presence as you near her enclosure. Architect Andrés Jaque explores the way network culture is defining new forms of behaviour and interaction. Focusing on dating apps, his audio-visual installation 'Intimate Strangers' presents a series of tales about how our pursuit of sex and love through social media is changing the way we view our bodies and our identity.

The activist architecture collective 'Arquitectura Expandida' from Colombia has created a replica of a school that they have designed and built in one of the most disadvantaged communities of Bogota. The structure, 'Potocinema', houses a series of videos by young people from the school in Bogota, who are reflecting on fear and love in their neighbourhood. Tokyo-based designer Kenya Hara has examined what we eat to create 'Staples' - a graphic display about the most common staple foods around the world that shows that the roots of our cultural identities, lie in the grains that we consume daily. The graphic designers Metahaven present a film about the marine wildlife conservation group Sea Shepherd, which is a work of advocacy in support of the organisation’s anti-whaling activities, but also a meditation on forms of intelligence that we barely understand.

Designer and MIT professor Neri Oxman has created a series of death masks called 'Vespers' using ultra-high definition 3D printing, reviving this ancient ritual object traditionally made using wax or plaster with state-of-the-art technology. In their installation 'City of Nomads', Hong Kong-based Rural Urban Framework explores how the nomads of Mongolia are adapting to urban life, giving up traditional freedoms for the difficult conditions of unplanned settlements.

Dutch product designer Christien Meindertsma’s installation 'Fibre Market' explores the potential of recycling textiles, turning old fibres into a highly physical and colourful presence in the exhibition. Chinese clothing designer Ma Ke presents her ongoing project Wuyong, or 'Useless'. Ma Ke’s philosophy is to create clothes that have a strong connection to the land and the rural traditions of China. Rejecting consumerism and 'fast fashion', she treats her clothes as forms of artistic but also ethical expression.

The exhibition will be open to the public until April 23, 2017 at the Design Museum in Kensington, London.

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