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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Design is/as War
The publication establishes a critique towards the design practice in regards to materialism and its thrive on consumerism. It positions the profession in dependence of (re)productive and extractive industries and the rise of a capitalist consumer-culture. The text analyses power relations in and around design, how businesses instrumentalise design, how it shapes and propagates desire and behaviour and through that directs social and normative ideologies. The publication includes an account of emerging systems and strategies, that provide alternatives around consumption, production and exchange. Design is/as War marks a position for design as a force between destruction and innovation – a position in which war also resides. War as a term is used metaphorically and - to some extend - analogically to discuss harm, destruction, force and background techniques related to the design-profession and the sectors it depends on. The text is subsequently structured in a comparison of the forces of Design and War in two parts: 1. Design is War explores the destructiveness of design in an analogy to warfare. It looks at the forces of a design's mass-consumerism and mass-production to climate change, resource scarcity, migration of people (+ migrant labour), maintenance of inequality and the supply of power. 2. Design as War reflects on opportunities through this force, as it highlights the entanglement and influence of the creative practice with mechanism of power (markets, economies, culture). Alternative and emerging systems are discussed within this part. The cover of the publication unfolds into a graphic visual mapping of correlations between design and the military sector within the past century.
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