There is a word to describe the condition to which consumer culture’s material output is destined from the outset. That word is junk. Junk is not an accident, something unplanned or unexpected—it is a substance that has been designed. Junk is the trail that is left in the wake of growth and global trade, a product of industry, an indicator of income and social status, a material, an aesthetic. It is present in our homes, cities, landscapes and sky. Junk is a paradox: without it, our economies would wither; on the other hand, we are literally drowning in it. Today, junk is shaping new landsc…
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Exhibition Debut

Van Abbemuseum Exhibition Plan

Van Abbemuseum Exhibition Photos

Inner City Geography of Junk by The Anderen, photo by Annika Felder

Inner City Geography of Junk by The Anderen, photo by Annika Felder

Inner City Geography of Junk by The Anderen, photo by Annika Felder

The Oceanic Pole of Undefined Liability by Giacomo Nanni and Julian Peschel, photo by Julian Peschel

The Oceanic Pole of Undefined Liability by Giacomo Nanni and Julian Peschel, photo by Julian Peschel

The Oceanic Pole of Undefined Liability by Giacomo Nanni and Julian Peschel, photo by Julian Peschel

The Transboundary Loophole by Noud Sleumer, photo by Bram Saeys

The Transboundary Loophole by Noud Sleumer, photo by Oscar Vinck

The Transboundary Loophole by Noud Sleumer, photo by Bram Saeys

Accumulation: Landscapes of the Plastisphere by Shahar Livne, photo by Oscar Vinck

Accumulation: Landscapes of the Plastisphere by Shahar Livne, photo by Oscar Vinck

Accumulation: Landscapes of the Plastisphere by Shahar Livne, photo by Oscar Vinck

Modern Aviaries by Studiolow, photo by Oscar Vinck

Modern Aviaries by Studiolow, photo by Oscar Vinck

Modern Aviaries by Studiolow, photo by Oscar Vinck

Unchecked Chain by Tellurico, photo by Tellurico

Unchecked Chain by Tellurico, photo by Tellurico

Unchecked Chain by Tellurico, photo by Tellurico

Common Sands by Studio Plastique, photo by Oscar Vinck

Common Sands by Studio Plastique, photo by Tommy Köhlbrugge

Common Sands by Studio Plastique, photo by Tommy Köhlbrugge

Salaula by Lotte de Haan, photo by Oscar Vinck

Salaula by Lotte de Haan, photo by Tommy Köhlbrugge

Salaula by Lotte de Haan, photo by Oscar Vinck

The Isolated System of Junk in the Gaza Strip by Lotte de Haan, photo by Oscar Vinck

The Isolated System of Junk in the Gaza Strip by Lotte de Haan, photo by Oscar Vinck

The Isolated System of Junk in the Gaza Strip by Lotte de Haan, photo by Ines Glowania

Compute by Schimmel & Schweikle, photo by Oscar Vinck

Compute by Schimmel & Schweikle, photo by Oscar Vinck

Compute by Schimmel & Schweikle, photo by Ronald Smits

Eindhoven City Exhibition Map

Eindhoven City Exhibition Photos

Hello, World! by Alice Guidi, photo by Igor Vermeer

Hello, World! by Alice Guidi, photo by Igor Vermeer

Hello, World! by Alice Guidi, photo by Igor Vermeer

Sleeping Beauties by Alexandre Humbert, photo by Oscar Vinck

Sleeping Beauties by Alexandre Humbert, photo by Oscar Vinck

Sleeping Beauties by Alexandre Humbert, photo by Oscar Vinck

A Waste of Energy? by Fred Erik, photo by Igor Vermeer

A Waste of Energy? by Fred Erik, photo by Igor Vermeer

A Waste of Energy? by Fred Erik, photo by Igor Vermeer

One Standard Row House by Alissa+Nienke, Atelier to the Bone, and Kirstie van Noort, photo by Tommy Köhlbrugge

One Standard Row House by Alissa+Nienke, Atelier to the Bone, and Kirstie van Noort, photo by Tommy Köhlbrugge

One Standard Row House by Alissa+Nienke, Atelier to the Bone, and Kirstie van Noort, photo by Igor Vermeer

Chiefs of Waste by Dorota Gazy and Shay Raviv, photo by Igor Vermeer

Chiefs of Waste by Dorota Gazy and Shay Raviv, photo by Igor Vermeer

Chiefs of Waste by Dorota Gazy and Shay Raviv, photo by Igor Vermeer

An Archaeology of Aviation Superpowers by Lara Chapman, photo by Tommy Köhlbrugge

An Archaeology of Aviation Superpowers by Lara Chapman, photo by Oscar Vinck

An Archaeology of Aviation Superpowers by Lara Chapman, photo by Oscar Vinck

Naturalised Junk by Minji Choi, photo by Igor Vermeer

Naturalised Junk by Minji Choi, photo by Minji Choi

Naturalised Junk by Minji Choi, photo by Minji Choi

Fractional Object by Johanna Seelemann, photo by Igor Vermeer

Fractional Object by Johanna Seelemann, photo by Igor Vermeer

Fractional Object by Johanna Seelemann, photo by Igor Vermeer

The Relationship is No Longer Garbage by The Anderen, photo by Igor Vermeer

The Relationship is No Longer Garbage by The Anderen, photo by Annika Felder

The Relationship is No Longer Garbage by The Anderen, photo by Igor Vermeer

Junk Infographics

Publication

Photos and design by The Anderen

DAE Insider's View of GEO—DESIGN: Junk

Junk.

There is a word to describe the condition to which consumer culture’s material output is destined from the outset. That word is junk.

Junk is not an accident, something unplanned or unexpected—it is a substance that has been designed. Junk is the trail that is left in the wake of growth and global trade, a product of industry, an indicator of income and social status, a material, an aesthetic. It is present in our homes, cities, landscapes and sky. Junk is a paradox: without it, our economies would wither; on the other hand, we are literally drowning in it.

Today, junk is shaping new landscapes, new global connections, new financial models, new policies and new modes of living around the world. Designers are indelibly linked to the systems that produce and perpetuate junk, and also to the systems that try to eliminate or transform it. As designers, we have a responsibility to understand how junk works and what it means to us and our bodies, to the land and water that sustain us, and to the multiplicity of species that co-inhabit the earth. Junk’s prevalence presents us with new frontiers and opportunities for research and for understanding, narrating and inventing the future of our world.

GEO–DESIGN: Junk. All That Is Solid Melts into Trash explores global systems of discarded things through 18 strikingly different investigations by alumni from Design Academy Eindhoven. The exhibition sets out to analyze how junk is embedded in daily life: from the industries where it is produced to the homes where it is collected and the wastelands where it accumulates. It traverses landfills and dumps, probes into the fallout of diplomatic and domestic crises, uncovers the ghosts of dead digital communities and discovers new ecosystems and economies built on detritus. It looks at junk as a microcosm, as an economic barometer that can reveal realities of consumption and production, and as a subject of intercontinental diplomacy.

Design Academy Eindhoven launched the GEO—DESIGN platform in 2018 to create space for the interrogation of the social, economic, territorial, and geopolitical forces shaping design today. Created in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum, GEO—DESIGN: Junk. All That Is Solid Melts into Trash is the second exhibition to emerge from this platform, generating original research into complex, contemporary networks and exploring design’s role in the past, present and future of junk.

With 18 different design studios working around the same topic, the exhibition offers its own new matrix of research spaces for one of the most urgent issues in contemporary culture. Expanding beyond the walls of the institution and staging interventions in public, consumer spaces, GEO–DESIGN: Junk. All That Is Solid Melts into Trash forms a new relationship between the museum, Design Academy Eindhoven and the city of Eindhoven and invites visitors to examine their own place in the world of junk.

GEO—DESIGN: Junk. All That Is Solid Melts into Trash was first presented at Van Abbemuseum and Eindhoven city locations from 19 October to 17 November 2019. Curated by Martina Muzi, concept by Joseph Grima (DAE Creative Director).


Van Abbemuseum Projects
Giacomo Nanni and Julian Peschel, The Oceanic Pole of Undefined Liability
Ines Glowania, The Isolated System of Junk in the Gaza Strip
Lotte de Haan, Salaula: The International Trade of Donated Second-Hand Clothing to Zambia
Noud Sleumer, The Transboundary Loophole
Schimmel & Schweikle, Compute
Shahar Livne, Accumulation: Landscapes of the Plastisphere
Studiolow (Héloïse Charital and Ismaël Rifaï), Modern Aviaries
Studio Plastique, Common Sands
Tellurico, Unchecked Chain

Eindhoven City Projects
De Bijenkorf: Lara Chapman, An Archaeology of Aviation Superpowers: The Mojave Boneyard
Deense Kroon: Alexandre Humbert, Sleeping Beauties
HEMA: Johanna Seelemann, Fractional Object
Hutspot: Alissa+Nienke, Atelier to the Bone and Kirstie van Noort, One Standard Row House
ING Bank: Minji Choi Naturalised Junk
Rambam: The Anderen, The Relationship Is No Longer Garbage
SISSY-BOY: Dorota Gazy and Shay Raviv, Chiefs of Waste
Tigerlily: Alice Guidi, Hello, World!
Vielgut: Fred Erik, A Waste of Energy?


Curator
Martina Muzi

Concept
Joseph Grima, Creative Director, Design Academy Eindhoven

Graphic Design
The Anderen

Editor
Anna Winston

Manager Communications, Relations & Events
Raffaela Vandermühlen

Communications & PR
Neeltje van Gool, Ilka van Steen, Maud Bongers and Jasper van Es

Producers Eindhoven City
PAPERJAM, Maud Bongers and Jasper van Es

Design Academy Eindhoven Executive Board
Joseph Grima
Mechtild van den Hombergh

Van Abbemuseum Team
Inge Borsje, Project Leader
Diederik Koppelmans, Bart van Geldrop, and Theo Wajon, Technical Coordination
Angeliki Petropoulos, Registrar

Van Abbemuseum Executive Board
Charles Esche
Anastasia van Gennip

Press

"10 tips voor Dutch Design Week 2019," VPRO, October 19, 2019. Link

"Eindhoven calling! #2," BNO, October 22, 2019. Link

"Dutch Design Week exhibition explores 'complex networks' of junk," Dezeen, October 25, 2019. Link

"Design Academy Eindhoven Graduates Focus on Junk Networks as the Design Ultimate and Most Urgent Global Resource," Archipanic, October 26, 2019. Link

"GEO—DESIGN: Junk," de Architect, October 31, 2019. Link