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  • dec. 8th 2020 - april 5th 2021
    exhibition

    BOLD AND FREE!
    The Invasion of Hidden Objects - the second cooperation with the MAK Vienna. Creative approaches to masterpieces of applied Arts once again convey the diversity of the MAK Collection in an unconventional and imaginative way.

    bold and free /MAK

  • oct. 2nd - february 2021
    new project / exhibition

    our project ratio is currently on show with the travelling exhibition "MADE IN" at the Werkraum Bregenzerwald MADE IN: Crafts - Design Narratives

  • ongoing
    exhibition

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna

    MAK Design Lab

knowledge – tools – memory

objects that relate to their origin

  • year 2013 / 2014

  • category curating, research and staging

  • commissioned by

    self-initiated

The project knowledge-tools-memory deals about the making and the reproduction of objects and that the passing on basic knowledge of how things are made should not be neglected. Even simple objects of daily use like a sheet of paper or a blanket are closely interlinked with the resources they are made out of and a series of production steps to turn this material into the object. If the general knowledge and understanding of how to produce objects fades, does this change our relationship to them? Each object in the ‘knowledge-tools-memory’ series, serves its function as a usable object, whilst also briefly showing how it can be reproduced from scratch. Included in the design are the tools which enable anyone to produce a replication of the object, using simple methods and materials. With the tools and manuals being such an integral part of the design, the aesthetic of each object treads the line between function and decoration, whilst leaving space for private memories to be added. Nowadays, when technology, printers, machines … take over production in many clever and genius ways, we should on the one hand appreciate how much work is made by these machines for us and enjoy the possibilities, but on the other hand we should not completely forget what our hands can do and how this knowledge should not be lost, but can be embedded in objects. ‘knowledge-tools-memory’ started with first tests and a glimpse of the concept for the exhibition ‘another terra’ by INResidence in 2012 and was continued on the occasion of the ‘Nomadic furniture’ exhibition at the MAK in 2013. So far the collection of objects consists of a sketchbook and a woollen blanket. 

If the general knowledge and understanding of how to produce objects fades, does this change our relationship to them?

ein Bauernhof (a Farm) by Johan Ernst Morgenstern / 1794

knowledge – tools – memory / blanket

the blanket and all tools stored in one bag

blanket completely folded and stored in the tool bag

using the blanket

detail of the stitched graphics

traditional tools for making wool

detail of the tool-bag

Each object in the ‚knowledge-tools-memory‘ series, serves its function as a usable object, whilst also briefly showing how it can be reproduced from scratch.

knowledge – tools – memory / sketchbook

sketchbook completly closed

sketchbook with necessary tools for making paper and some sheets of paper made with the tools

detail of the manual

testing different recipies to make paper