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  • 30 may - september 20, 2020
    exhibition: showing LeveL - the fragile balance of utopia

    What if ...? - a new exhibition presents over thirty artists and designers who investigate the potential of the utopian.

    Neues Museum Nürnberg

  • june 1 - january 3, 2021
    exhibition: showing our the idea of a tree project.

    The exhibition "Time Matters" displays almost 30 objects around the theme of time.

    Cube Museum

  • may 16 - september 20, 2020
    new project ratio on show:

    "MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives", a travelling Exhibition is on show at MAO Ljubljana. Commissioned by MAO and in collaboration with the stonemason Beno Ogrin, we developed a new project called ratio.

    MAO Ljubljana

  • may 09 - may 31, 2020
    new project / exhibition: limited grasses

    "Walden" at Schloss Hollenegg for Design can be viewed digitally online.
    For this exhibition, we extended our realLimited Project about endangered species and developed a new table called

    Schloss Hollenegg for Design

  • february 26 - august 30, 2020
    new project nocturnal cloud is exhibited

    in the exhibition "Extraordinary" at the Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland. The piece nocturnal cloud including moth and illuminated fireflies was commissioned by the museum and will stay in their permanent glass collection.

    Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains

  • march 13 - february 21, 2021
    exhibition showing colourful kinaesthesia and the idea of a tree

    "Kleureyck -Van Eyck’s Colours in Design" at the Design Museum Gent one the idea of a tree bench and our contribution "colourful kinaesthesia" – highlighting the results of a wonderful Boisbuchet workshop from last summer are on show.

    design museum Gent

LeveL – the fragile balance of Utopia

the fragility of perfect systems translated
into a kinetic light installation

Comissioned by Austria Design Net and curated by Thomas Geisler, the project was developed as the Austrian contribution for the first London Design Biennale in 2016 with the topic ‛Utopia by Design’. Utopian scenarios are ideal networks, full of interdependency, where personal freedom counterweight social dependency, where property equals responsibility – where each force holds its positions to balance the whole system in concinnity. In that sense utopias are very sensitive and labile for any changes from within or from the outside. This fragility is what the installation tries to capture.
If left by itself, the structure finds its perfect equilibrium and each end of the rods is light up to the brightest level so that the piece illuminates the room. Once somebody comes close, touches the piece, or even with a breeze of air, the installation starts tilting. Depending on the tilt of the rods, the light lowers so that it is just dimmed. With the constant imbalance of the structure, there is a continuous change of light intensity, showing that many factors have an influence on ideal systems.

main image above:  by Simon Scherrer

detail of the installation
image credit: Simon Scherrer

visitor carefully moving through the installation - image credit: Simon Scherrer

LeveL is an interactive piece that invites the audience to walk through the structure, see the continuous changing atmosphere and think about the fragility of utopia.

the interactive installation reacts to every gentle touch and movement in a room

detail of a light shade, made from Japanese screen paper

video documentation of the LeveL installation in London
image credit: Simon Scherrer

image of the installation and the light-shade development in the MAK Vienna
during the Vienna Biennial in 2017

showing the influence of a person to the whole installation

So far the LeveL installation has been shown:

2016 at the London Design Biennial, Somersethouse, London, GB
2016 – 2017 at the ‘LeveL and Volumes’ exhibition, Form’s Goods Shed, Perth, AU
2017 during Vienna Biennial, MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, AT
2018 at the Designmuseum Gent, BE

documentation of the making-of process

the installation was fully built in the studio space in Vienna

  • material

    carbon fibre rods, copper, stainless steel, steel, POM, cable, Japanese screen paper, electrical components, custom made circuit board

  • dimensions

    approx. 680 x 380 x 350 cm

  • curated by

    Thomas Geisler

  • project assistance

    Maria Bauhofer, Elisa Polner

  • electro technical development

    Simon Laburda (DKIA)