Membranes provides an analytical reading of the complexity of human behaviours in an acute crisis situation, the COVID-19 pandemic. The project challenges designed divisions on a variety of scales and analyses their impact on processes of societal transformation. The project highlights the human need for security in the context of an incomprehensible situation and its instrumentalisation for political control. The metaphor of the biological membrane provides a framework to grasp the incomprehensible problematic, following Timothy Morton’s thoughts on the Hyperobject. Across all scales, Membran…
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Membranes

Marvin Unger and Jasper Zehetgruber

Membranes provides an analytical reading of the complexity of human behaviours in an acute crisis situation, the COVID-19 pandemic. The project challenges designed divisions on a variety of scales and analyses their impact on processes of societal transformation. The project highlights the human need for security in the context of an incomprehensible situation and its instrumentalisation for political control. The metaphor of the biological membrane provides a framework to grasp the incomprehensible problematic, following Timothy Morton’s thoughts on the Hyperobject. Across all scales, Membranes are separating, while simultaneously, connecting entities.

Research

Quentin Ravelli, “Bricks”, Prod by Survivance, 2017 -

Credits

Visual Effects Consultant: Simon Gehring

Audio Consultant: Stephan Schmidt

Voiceover (in order of appearance): Elizabeth Balado, Amy Lewis, Zoë Prifti, Ellen Pearson, Emily Aquilina, Tiiu Meiner, Emma Gregoline, Fiona Herrod, Kaiu Meiner, Johanna Schneider

Additional Material

Membranes Final Film Sources PDF Link

References

Eames Office, "Powers of Ten™ (1977)," YouTube, August 26, 2010. Link

Forensic Architecture, "Model Zoo," February 20, 2020. Link

James Griffith, The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet, (London: Zed Books, 2019).

K.K. Rebecca Lai, "How Universities Became the New Battlegrounds in the Hong Kong Protests," New York Times, November 19, 2019. Link

Timothy Morton, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World (Minneapolis: University Of Minnesota Press, 2013).

UM Stamps, "Hito Steyerl: Bubble Vision," YouTube, January 30, 2018. Link

UniFrance, "Bricks / Bricks (2017) - Trailer (French Subs)" (dir. Quentin Ravelli, prod. Survivance), YouTube, October 2, 2017. Link

Bio

The collaboration between Marvin Unger and Jasper Zehetgruber (established after Jasper’s graduation from BA Public/Private at DAE in 2019) is focused on the creation of a holistic perspective on the future through research and design. Their project Membranes permeates the layers of biology, space and society, as they undergo processes of transformation.

Contacts

jasper-z.com Link

@jpg.zip Link

marvinunger.com Link

@marvin_unger Link