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Design.Research.Performance

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    Talk

    What's the Matter? 6pm, 28-12-2018 Cache Space, 798 Art District, Beijing, China.

    exhibition

    Food Revolution 5.0 Gestaltung für die Gesellschaft von Morgen 02-12-2018 – 28-04-2018 Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland.

    Residency

    Inside-Out Art Museum, Dec. 2018 Beijing, China.

    Exhibition + Performance

    Sketch 0.1, Performance with Liao Wen and Xiao Lei, 30-11-2018 - 21-12-2018 33SPACE, Shenzhen, China.

    Lecture

    Backend Narratives, 28-11-2018, Houde International Academy, Shenzhen, China.

    Workshop

    Tong-Fu-Yu [Create Rich Together], 18-11-2018, Shenzhen, China.

    Workshop

    Ubiquitous: On De-Sign , 11-11-2018, Shenzhen, China.

    Images + Article

    PROPS 31 issue, 01-12-2018 Tech Zine Fair New York, United States.

    Residency

    33SPACE Tongfuyu Industrial City, Nov. 2018, Shenzhen, China.

    Exhibition

    GEO–DESIGN:
    Alibaba.From Here To Your Home
    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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How have online e-commerce platforms affected multinational trade at the traditional locations of offline or b2b markets?

This work investigates the relation between the e-commerce trade network Alibaba and the largest centre for electronics worldwide, the Huaqiangbei Electronic Markets of Shenzhen. The smartphone was chosen as case-study object to narrow the scope of research into trade culture along smartphone component retail, refurbishment and redistribution.

Conversations with local shop owners were initiated while purchasing each singular component needed to assemble one iPhone 7Plus; Mentioned by shop owners as most easiest-to-assemble phone on the Huaqiangbei markets at the time of research, September 2018. The name Qin 親 (hello friend) entered the work through initial Alibaba chat conversations with smartphone component suppliers. The conversations commonly started with Hi friend, dear friend, Qin 親.

The findings of Qin 親 were exhibited as multimedia installation within the show GEO–DESIGN: Alibaba.From Here To Your Home. The installation was composed of a large-scale graphic mapping on the global 2nd lifecycle of iPhones through the Huaqiangbei Electronic Markets, a series of printed 3D scans depicting context specific research fragments, a video projection of animated 3D scans and interviews with local shop owners, a centred low table with material deconstructions and the assembled iPhone 7Plus, displaying its own assembly as looped video.

* This work is part of Cycles, an ongoing design research into the social, economic and geopolitical forces that shape the circulation of global commodities – the smartphone being its case study object.

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Commissioned and supported by the Design Academy Eindhoven in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL, 2018.
Co-funded by The Creative Industries Fund NL, 2018.
Exhibited within GEO–DESIGN: Alibaba.From Here To Your Home at the Van Abbemuseum , curation by Martina Muzi and Joseph Grima, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL, 2018.

Credits: Christopher Hoi Wong (Translation, SZ, CN), Li Liao (Network, SZ, CN), David Li (Network, SZ, CN), Vicky Xie (Network, SZ, CN), Mr. Liang (Repairshop, HQB, SZ, CN), Mr. Li (Repairshop, HQB, SZ, CN) Li X. (iPhone Dealer, SZ, CN), Lisa (iPhone Components, HQB, SZ, CN), Lily (iPhone Components, HQB, SZ, CN), Amy (HQB - Alibaba, SZ, CN), Mily (HQB - Alibaba, SZ, CN), Richard (Guangzhou - Alibaba, SZ, CN), Jessica (HQB - Alibaba, SZ, CN), Ally (HQB - Alibaba, SZ, CN), Yasir (Repairshop, Den Haag, NL), Marek (3D technology, US)
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01 | 3D Scan of stacked and displayed 2nd-hand iPhone 7Plus back-covers, Huaqiangbei Electronic Markets, Shenzhen, 09-2018.
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02 | 3D scans documenting 20ft-container delivery of disposed smartphones, bags on street, Huaqiang Nan, Shenzhen, 09-2018.
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03 | Map visualising the flow of returned iPhones, cycling back to Shenzhen for reuse, repair, refurbishment and more. The map is based on informant and dealer Mr. Li X. in Shenzhen, who receives second-hand ware iPhones and provides these to the Huaqiangbei Electronic Markets, Shenzhen, 09-2018.
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04 | Section of exploded smartphone components with tagged information on official origin, technological function and brands per component, sourced from the Huaqiangbei Electronic Markets, Shenzhen, 09-2018.
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05 | 3D scans of shop-displays at the iPhone component markets, Huaqiangbei Electronic Markets, Shenzhen, 09-2018.
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06 | Research presentation including wall-projection of animated 3D scans and interviews with Huaqiangbei Market shop-owners, photographic prints of selected scans as walk-through-essay on the research context, large wallgraphic mapping second lifecycle of returned iPhones and a centered table specific to the iPhone 7Plus as casestudy object. The pictures show the exhibition space at the Van Abbemuseum as part of GEO–DESIGN: Alibaba.From Here To Your Home . Photography by Peter Cox.
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