Victoria Shennan (UK) is an interdisciplinary designer with a background in jewellery design. Trying to make the invisible visible, she challenges what draws our attention. An important element in her work is the human body with all its facets - from organs to skin cells. Physical engagement with materials such as bacteria and minerals constitutes a vital part of Victoria's thought process, helping ideas percolate and allowing the immaterial to manifest itself into something palpable. For example, how many bacteria live in our mouth? And what is their composition?
Pubic hair, cellulite or wrinkles are body textures which many women try to avoid and hide. With her collection InConTextUre, designer Debora Dax (CH) tries to open-up a new perspective: She shows the variety and diversity of interesting surfaces (dry skin, stubbles and cellulite), delicate ornaments (wrinkles, love handles and beer belly) and beautiful color ranges (bruises, stretch marks and pubic hair). When will those appearances - that change with time - be seen as body decorations? In the work of the designer, the human body is used as a tool to observe, translate, implement and invent. By questioning and suggesting norms and needs, she explores boundaries and possibilities of body perception. How do our surroundings shape our body? It's worth to take a closer look.
In her projects, Merle Bergers (NL) reveals a strong interest in biological processes like fermentation, as well as in "non-food" and eating experiences. Her designs, for example the "belly bar", engage with human organs, trying to raise awareness, interaction and conscience about our body-systems. She calls herself "an avid gut-sound producer and tear mineral collector with pet-scobies and sourdough mothers". Together with her fellow Design Academy student Food non Food Leif Czekai, she worked on the topic of the digestive system in an effort to improve the relation with our gut and gut-noises.
Expect a talk on guts and tears.
Biotalk: Bacteria - our invisible guests
Thursday 15 Sept., 20:30
Tickets: Students €5,- / Pre-sale €7,50 / Door €10,-
We Are Public Selection. (bring your student/public card to the ticketservice)
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijspark 6, Amsterdam
Please note: this event is given in English.