Design Museum Holon celebrates its 10th anniversary with the exhibition State of Extremes

At Design Museum Holon, the exhibition “State of Extremes” analyses the evolution of design in response to the climate and social changes of the last ten years

Design Museum Holon State of Extremes
Within Spiraling, the first thematic area of the exhibition “State of Extremes” Emotigun by Tadas Maksimovas shows the negative psychological effects of social media

From December 12th, 2019 to May 9th, 2020, the Design Museum Holon (Israel), presents the exhibition State of Extremes. Curated by Aric Chen, Maya Dyash and Azinta Plantega, the exhibition showcases 70 works by Israeli and international designers and studios, illustrating the evolution of design in response to the crisis that the contemporary society has been experiencing in the last 10 years.

Design Museum Holon: ten years of history and changes

Design Museum Holon State of Extremes
The Polarization section hosts ME & EU, the work by Nathan Smith and Sam T. Smith: a collection of 116 postcards designed as a protest against the Brexit vote in 2016

Climate change

Earth has been the stage of extremely devastating climatic phenomena for a long time now, mainly caused by a rise in temperatures. From floods to wildfires, hurricanes and typhoons, natural events with often catastrophic consequences testify to the wild and often uncontrollable side of our planet.

A technological and social revolution

Nowadays, technology influences people through increasingly digitized and automated processes, capable of influencing human choices and relationships. These relationships are increasingly mediated by screens and devices, and, rather than “connecting” people, sometimes they move them away. While these changes have led to new social interactions, they have also offered new insights to try to understand and distinguish more consciously what is natural from what is artificial.

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In the Extremer thematic area, Lucy McRae’s installation Compression Cradle explores a hypothetic future in which technology has dissociated us from our bodies. Ph: Scottie Cameron

The exhibition “State of Extremes”: five thematic areas describe today’s reality in the best possible way

The exhibition is divided into five thematic areas, Spiraling, Polarization, Extremer, New Normals and Extreme Lab, illustrating today’s mechanisms and processes through installations, objects and conceptual videos.

Due to rising sea levels, many coastal megalopolises are expected to be completely submerged by 2100. Inspired by this forecast, Jun Kamei designed Amphibio, a 3D-printed garment consisting of a set of gills and a breathing mask allowing its wearer to breathe underwater. Ph: Jukan Tateisi

UNStudio presents an innovative paint able to reduce the urban heat island effect

UNStudio is a Dutch architectural practice specializing in architecture, urban development and infrastructural projects. For the exhibition “State of Extremes” at Design Museum Holon, TBC installation presents Coolest White, an innovative paint made in collaboration with Monopol Colors.

Special Installation ©UNStudio, TBC, render

Coolest White is an ultra resistant paint created to reduce the urban heat island effect. Due to this phenomenon, urban areas are significantly hotter than the outskirts and rural areas.

Neo Fruit, part of Extreme Lab, is a project of the Department of Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, in collaboration with AMP, a company specializing in 3D-printing and advanced technology modeling. Neo Fruit relies on contemporary technology to create artificial fruit containing nutrients tailored to our daily needs. Ph: Shay Maman

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