Studio Mager

Design | Research | Performance

    Exhibition

    GEO–DESIGN 13-10-2018 Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Netherlands.

    Exhibition + Talk

    TodaysArt Festival 21-09-2018 – 23-09-2018 Den Haag, Netherlands.

    Exhibition

    Uitfest Culturele Zondagen 16-09-2018 Winkel van Sinkel Utrecht, Netherlands.

    exhibition

    Uncanny 06-2018 – 10-2018 Design Museum Holon, Holon, Israel.

    presentation

    Leven met Algoritmen 25-05-2018 organised by Medialab SETUP and the Rathenau Instituut, Utrecht Centre for the Arts (UCK), Utrecht.

    exhibition

    Łódź Design Festival 19-05-2018 – 27-05-2018 Łódź, Poland.

    exhibition

    Food Revolution 5.0 Gestaltung für die Gesellschaft von Morgen 18-05-2018 – 16-09-2018 Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, Germany.

    graphic design + mapping

    Shared History 05-05-2018 – 19-08-2018 Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden.

    production + tech design

    "____________" Collective Enunctiation at Onomatopee 150.2 / NEST Project 2017, Eindhoven.

    Moderator

    Antenna Programme 20-10-2017 Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven.

    Exhibition

    Beyond Generations, 07-10-2017 – 05-11-2017 Dutch Design Week, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven.

    speaker

    Critical Making, 24-09-2017, Oddstream, Nijmegen.

    performance + talk

    Eleutheria – A European Queer Film & Arts Festival by EUNIC (European Union National Institute for Culture), Pride 2017, Kulturhuset, Stockholm.

    production design

    Installation for Politics of Shit by Nadine Botha, 2017, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven.

    exhibition

    Checkpoints & Chokepoints, 28-06-2017 ArtEZ, Arnhem.

    speaker

    Exploitative Mechanisms, 27-05-2017, PuntWG, Amsterdam.

    exhibition

    Food Revolution 5.0 Gestaltung für die Gesellschaft von Morgen, 19-05-2017 – 29-10-2017, Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe, Hamburg.

    speaker

    Design is/as War, within Design Matters #20: Designer Manifesto, 23-02-2017, Parkhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam.

    speaker

    Design Indaba Conference, 01-03-2017 – 03-03-2017, Cape Town.

    exhibition

    Humans Need Not Apply 10-02-2017 – 21-05-2017 SCIENCE GALLERY, Dublin.

    speaker

    Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics & Power, 14-11-2016 – 15-11-2016, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö.
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An Empty Orchestra
Based on a combination of deconstructions (algorithmic, empirical readings and interpretations) of the official web-platform for Salone del Mobile, Milano, this audio-visual bricolage composes a low tech appropriation of text, sound and image fragments extracted directly from the web-space. Host to all promotional material and facilitative communication for Salone del Mobile, this archival web-space charts both technical and emotional information relating to the design fair; press release, interactive maps, novel living concepts, brand catalogues, product libraries, inspirations, advertisements, interviews as well as exhibition, visitor, exhibitor and media information. This catalogue is extensive and mediates a kaleidoscope of consumer goods through design ideologies and concepts for ‘living’. Text fragments are compiled and rearranged via digital text scrapings*, appropriations from promotional videos and screenshots from the official Salone Del Mobile web-platform. These have been fabricated into an absurd script, compounding object lists and object names from product libraries: adjectives, nouns, verbs, chronological word use, with, words, phrases and loaded expressions associated with design. This script is activated through hybrid readings; spoken word, concrete poetry and karaoke. A backing track supports the vocals, which is made up of the ‘easy listening’ music used in Salone (2016) promotional videos. By using fragmentary and incomplete material clippings the existence of mutually incompatible and antithetical meanings can occur. It creates a skewed, slightly mocking narrative of the Salone’s marketing ideology. A satirical comment on the rhetoric and disinformation of commodity culture and consumption. This is to be performed live and in a participatory way with an audience / consumers / journalists etc. This text/soundscape is to be performed live, using the tools of the tools of a DJ, dual vocals and large-scale visuals; a hybrid between performance lecture and DJ set. *(web)Scraping is a term for various methods used to collect information from across the Internet. It is essentially a form of data mining. Collaboration with Gabriel .A. Maher for Fictional Journal #2 Propaganda
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01 | Fragments from the Salone del Mobile website composed into the karaoke-ish bricolage of An Empty Orchestra.
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02 | Excerpt of An Empty Orchestra.
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03 | Excerpt of An Empty Orchestra .
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04 | Excerpt of An Empty Orchestra.
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