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  • opening June 25th
    exhibition

    'idea of a tree' in Chicago
    "exploring the idea of nature in design as a multifaceted engagement with landscape, materials, technology, and traditional ways of making"

    Art Institute of Chicago

  • on show till December 31st
    exhibition

    the exhibition "Forms of drinking" shows the glass as a design theme and an object of everyday life.
    Our project 'Access' is a set of six drinking glasses, confronting people with the global distribution of clean drinking water.

    Punta Conterie / Murano

  • March 27th - Nov. 6th 2022
    exhibition

    'LeveL' in the exhibition
    "the new human" at the Große Kunstschau Worpswede

    Worpswede Museum

  • ongoing
    exhibition

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna. Within the permanent exhibition one can find as well a few of our projects like 'the idea of a tree', 'limited moths' or 'LeveL

    MAK Design Lab

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
2019 at the preview at the Futurium Berlin / DE
2020 at the exhibition “What if…?” at Neues Museum in Nuremberg / DE
2022 at the exhibition “Der neue Mensch. Anbruch einer neuen Zeit?”, Große Kunstschau Worpswede/ DE

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

  • team

    Katharina Mischer, Thomas Traxler, Maria Bauhofer, Elisa Polner

  • electro technical development

    Simon Laburda (DKIA)