There is no such thing as waste in nature. In a natural system, any output generated by one organism becomes useful to another, nothing is left to waste. Human beings, however, have disrupted this natural harmony by placing pressure on natural resources to meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population and the demands of our economies.
In the context of the current ecological crisis, Anthropogenic points to an urge to imagine, design and build adopting a different relationship to our environment, in order to orient design standards away from the mainstream circuits of industrial mass production. Four international designers present their positions thematizing the thin line between value and non-value and thus the contexts and means that determine, or alter, this line.
Anthropogenic turns Bergstraat 8 in Eindhoven into a space for reflection on materials and their value, or lack thereof. The exhibition addresses the impact of the consumption cycle, waste and recycling on our social and natural environment and invites one to reflect on their definition of waste.
With works byRoxane Lahidji (FR), Yen-An Chen (TW), Agnieska Mazur (PL), HeWen Chen (TW) & Chia Ling Li (TW, Studio Double Plus)
Curated byAnnegret Bönemann (DE)
Roxane Lahidji (1992, FR) is a designer who seeks to find new relationships between primary materials and objects of our daily lives. Having graduated from the Social Design department of the Design Academy in 2017, she continues her research on transforming salt into a sustainable design material. For more information, visit www.roxanelahidji.com
Agnieszka Mazur (1984, PL) is a material researcher and designer, graduated from the Contextual Design department of the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017. Driven by curiosity and a need for making, she looks for new identities and uses of materials by exposing their hidden and often neglected qualities. For more information, visit www.instagram.com/agmazur
Yen-An Chen (1988, TW) is an artist and product designer, who graduated from the Social Design department of the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017. His work is inspired by anatomy and bionics, and is characterised by his strong interest in traditional craftsmanship and materials. For more information, visit www.yenanchen.com
Chialing Li (1990, TW) and Hewen Chen (1989, TW) are textile and product designers sharing a passion for combining new materials with industrial production processes. Li and Chen are currently pursuing their master's degree at Royal College of Arts and Shih-Chien University, respectively. For more information, visit www.doubleplus.cc
Annegret Bönemann (1990, DE) is a designer and curator who is passionate about shaping meaningful interactions between people. Having graduated from the Social Design department of the Design Academy 2017, she works at the intersection of design, technology and sociology, and enjoys creating multidisciplinary networks of people. For more information, visit www.boenemann.com