Onomatopee | Virtual Exhibition
Museums may be physically closed but online there’s a cultural database full of exhibitions curated by museums, galleries, and art spaces in Eindhoven. This week we show you around the (Un)decided Museum, better known as Onomatopee, with the help of three virtual expos.
Diagrams of Power is an exhibition and publication that showcases critical artworks and projects that use data, diagrams, maps, and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities. Artists and designers featured in this exhibition critique conventionalized and established truths that obscure important histories or perpetuate oppressive regimes. They also contribute to positive social change by engaging communities and providing alternative strategies for storytelling, communication, and organizing.
An exhibition like no other. The so-called co-machines have a leading role in this project. At the initiative of ON/OFF (an interdisciplinary design studio in Berlin) the co-machines were produced by Onomatopee and designed by Studio Basse Stittgen, Melissa Jin, and Takehite Etani among others. They are inspired by the recent tendency among architects and designers to abandon traditional office work and opt for self-initiated interventions in public space. In this way 'Co-machines' maps out a new architectural movement that is motivated by practices such as occupying and squatting as well as alternative economies. Both ecologically and technologically, all interventions are mobile and nearly all of them are performed without permission from city planners.
Presenting a selection of international projects by emerging designers, ‘Co-machines: Mobile Disruptive Architecture’ shows the life of the alternative, grassroots and DIY with an independent spirit. It seeks out approaches and strategies to complement established urban planning and city-building, and show the beauty and fun in initiative. In a range of ways, ‘Co-machines’ raises questions about the function of architectural permanence, the opportunities for social, ecological, ethical or dynamics otherwise in urban planning and the scope of architecture at large.
Due to the coronavirus COVID-19, we will inspire you as much as possible with background stories and tips of things that you can do to experience Eindhoven in a safe way. More information on the measures in Eindhoven and the Netherlands can be found here.