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What Can I Do? ‘Fear and Love’ at the Design Museum

The new Design Museum in London presents 11 commissions made by some of the most important designers and architects in the world.

The new Design Museum in London presents 11 commissions made by some of the most important designers and architects in the world.

‘Fear and Love’ is a major exhibition that showcases eleven installations by great artists who depict social problems in our lives and show how our world is changing “from global warning to new forms of behaviour and interaction”. All the issues, in fact, that inspire ‘Fear and Love’.

In 1989, when the Design Museum opened, ‘Commerce and Culture’ was the name of the exhibition, concerned with the value of industrial products. Now, 27 years later, ‘Fear and Love’ will run from 24th November 2016 to 23rd April 2017, on Kensington High Street in the Design Museum’s new home, which is almost four times bigger than the original museum.

Of the eleven installations showing in this multidisciplinary and global exhibition, only the fashion designer Hussein Chayalan is based in the UK. Room Tone explores the emotions that are provoked, when you  live in a big city like London, by the wearing of devices that expose your true feelings to others.

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Hussein Chalayan – The Room Tone (c) Chalayan and Intel.

OMA and Rem Koolhaas, from Holland, have created The Pan-European Living Room. This installation is an answer to the ‘out’ Brexit vote; he uses 28 pieces of furniture, one piece each from each EU country.

OMA - The Pan-European Living Room (c) OMA  AMO
OMA – The Pan-European Living Room (c) OMA.

Useless or Wuyong, is a Chinese Project created by a fashion designer, Ma Ke, who works within Chinese traditions to create clothes that are a critique of consumerism, yet made with her personal style. Another textile installation, Fibre Market, by Dutch product designer, Cristien Meindertsma, is a work which plays with colour and the physical, using more than 1000 disused woollen sweaters.

Ma Ke - The Earth (c) Zhou Mi
Ma Ke – The Earth (c) Zhou Mi.
Christien Meindertsma - Fibre Market (c) Labadie Van Tour smaller.
Christien Meindertsma – Fibre Market (c) Labadie Van Tour.

You can discover a different way of life if you visit City Nomads. It is an installation designed by Rural Urban Framework (based in Hong Kong) that lets us experience a traditional, communal way of life through the Mongolian ger. Besides that, there is another installation that showcases a deprived way of life, using a school located in one of the poorer areas in Bogota. Arquitectura Expandida (Colombian Architects), show us different aspects of ‘Fear and Love’.

Rural Urban Framework - City of Nomads (c) Rural Urban Framework smaller.
Rural Urban Framework – City of Nomads (c) Rural Urban Framework.
Arquitectura Expandida - Potocinema (c) Harold Guyaux and Arquitectura Expandida smaller.
Arquitectura Expandida – Potocinema (c) Harold Guyaux and Arquitectura Expandida.

Graphic designer Kenya Hara, from Tokyo, has created Staples. She has used food in a graphic display to introduce us to ideas around cultural identity from what we eat. On the other hand, there are also the graphic designers Metahaven, from Amsterdam. They present a film “Love Letter to Sea Shepherd”. The film wants us to reflect on marine wildlife conservation.

Kenya Hara - Staples (c) Yoshitaka Mizutani.
Kenya Hara – Staples (c) Yoshitaka Mizutani.
Metahaven - A Love Letter to Sea Shepherd (c) Metahaven smaller.
Metahaven – A Love Letter to Sea Shepherd (c) Metahaven.

Furthermore, American designer and architect, Eri Oxmas presents Vespers, which consists of several death masks that are made with wax or plaster. Another architect, Andrés Jaques, based in USA and Madrid, presents Intimate Strangers, an audiovisual installation-based dating app.

Neri Oxman - Vespers (c) Yoram Reshef.
Neri Oxman – Vespers (c) Yoram Reshef.
Andres Jaque - Intimate Strangers (c) Office for Political Innovation smaller.
Andres Jaque – Intimate Strangers (c) Office for Political Innovation.

Madeline Gannon, an American designer, has created Mimus. It is a robot that is able to express feelings about ‘Fear and Love’. A thought-provoking way in which we can examine our anxieties about modern living.

Madeline Gannon - Mimus (c) Autodesk Charlie Nordstrom smaller
Madeline Gannon – Mimus (c) Autodesk Charlie Nordstrom.

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World
24 November 2016 – 23 April 2017

The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street
London
W8 6AG

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