Spekulatives Design – Körper des digitalen Geistes

Eva Leonhard und Lisa Käsdorf

with text by Dr. Betti Marenko

as part of MCBW 2018 and supported by Bayern Design

 

 

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Opening:  Thursday 8th of March, 7 – 10 pm
8.03. – 22.03.2018
 
A central tenet of techno-utopianism, the desire of living outside and eventually beyond the body’s own finitude, lures us with its promise of immortality – a techno-alchemical version of the elixir of eternal life. Betti Marenko
With its latest exhibition, “Spekulatives Design – Körper des digitalen Geistes,” GiG Munich is excited to be participating in Munich Creative Business Week for the first time. Supported by Bayern Design two young local designers, Eva Leonhard and Lisa Käsdorf, will be presenting new interactive work, which addresses the ontological, epistemic and ethical implications of the digitalisation of the body.
 
Head of Design at Central St. Martins, London, Dr. Betti Marenko, has written a text especially for the exhibition and this will be included as part of the work on show.

DH product design at MCBW (2)

Some more photos from DH product design at MCBW, this time taken at night for a more dramatic effect:

Installation view 4

The DELO 4.2 and the transparent 3-Star in front of the cube lights.  The Reading light is switched on. This image demonstrates how the different use of metal changes the quality of the energy saving lightbulbs, with the brass and copper cubes lending the light a particularly warm glow.

Installation view 5

The left hand side of the gallery as you enter, showing the orange KYDEX 3-Star, the white 4-Star and the DELO 4.2.

Installation view 6

And finally, the right had side of the gallery again, with the DELO 4.2, the transparent 3-Star and the orange Kelis.

DH product design at MCBW

These are the first installation shots of DH product design at GiG Munich.

DH product design, installation view

This installation view shows the entire range of the cube lights, including the Star Ghost light on the left, the Reading light in the middle and the Ganges light on the right. Suspended from the ceiling above is the white 4-Star on the left, the DELO 4.2  in the middle and the transparent 3-Star on the right.

Installation view 2

This next image shows more of DELO 4.2, the transparent 3 Star and the orange Kelis.

Installation view 3

The last image shows the line of lights to the right of the DELO 4.2. Running from right to left, these mark the chronological progress of DH product design pendant lighting.  The early 3-Star and Kelis exhibited as part of the Hidden Art stand at Milan’s Salone Satellite in 2007 still retain a metal structural element; the more recent transparent 3-Star is made from a single plastic sheet.

MCBW – the first photos

Just to show what some might have missed…

… and to thank all of those who came along! We hope to see everyone soon, for the next planned event in May!

More about DH product design

DH product design was formed in 2001 by David Henrichs and Magdalena Wisniowska, both graduates of Goldsmiths College. The first series of lighting products was exhibited as part of Designers Block in London. The limited edition Lightning, Ganges Delta and Hummingbird cubes all developed from this initial range.  Made out of folded and cut sheets of metal, these aimed to transform the light quality of the then new energy saving lightbulbs by very simple means. With the support of Hidden Art, DH product design launched a new series of pendant lights in Milan in 2007. While the Milan products – the early version of the 3-Star and the Kelis – still retained the elements of folding and cutting, they marked the beginning of DH product design’s use of flat plastic sheeting. Subsequently, and with help of companies such as KYDEX, products such as the 3-Star were simplified, to consist entirely out of a single plastic sheet. The recycle-ability and increased efficiency of the  3-Star lead to its inclusion in the Eco-Design Handbook, published by Thames and Hudson. In 2008 both the 3 and 4-Star were included in Lighten Up, a traveling exhibition curated by [re]design, a social enterprise promoting sustainable actions through design. In 2011 DH product design launched its latest pendant light, the DELO 4.2 in Milan as part of the Salone Satellite. Once again featuring folded and cut metal, the DELO range is the first to explore the potential of new LED and OLED technology.