A research project for the exhibition 'GEO—DESIGN: COVID-19. Travelling without moving'. Membranes uses mechanisms native to the world of cellular biology as metaphors to analyse social divisions in transition. Membranes provides an analytical reading of the complexity of human behaviours in an acute crisis situation, the COVID-19 pandemic. The project challenges designed divisions on a variety of scales, highlighting the human need for security in the context of an incomprehensible situation and its instrumentalization for political control. The metaphor of the biological membrane provides a framework to grasp the problematic, reflecting Timothy Morton’s thoughts on the ‘Hyperobject’. Across all scales, Membranes are separating, while simultaneously, connecting entities.
'Membranes' By: Jasper Zehetgruber and Marvin Unger Visual Effects: Simon Gehring Audio Consultant: Stephan Schmidt Voice Over in order of appearance: Elizabeth Balado, Amy Lewis, Zoë Prifti, Ellen Pearson, Emily Aquilina, Tiiu Meiner, Emma Gregoline, Fiona Herrod, Kaiu Meiner, Johanna Schneider Participants: Colette Aliman with Lauriane Heim, Noemi Biasetton, Colin Keays, Felicity Morris, Tamara Orjola with The Anderen, Clara Ormières with Mathilde Philipponnat, Vincent Thornhill
Geo Design Publication: Design Academy Eindhoven Curator: Martina Muzi Editor: Jeannette Petrik Graphic Identity and Production: Domitille Debret, Giacomo Nanni Technical Support: Quentin Creuzet, Niek van Sleeuwen Communication and PR: Raffaela Vandermühlen, Ilka van Steen Executive Board DAE: Joseph Grima, Creative Director Mechtild van den Hombergh, Director of Organisation Raf de Keninck, Director Education and Research