Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

A lookback at «Body of us» at London Design Biennale

«Body of us» © Dan Patrick Hipkin from TEAFilms

Echoing the London Design Biennale thematic – Emotional States – Switzerland presented the exhibition «Body of us», by curator Rebekka Kiesewetter at Somerset House, from 4 to 23 September 2018.

The project illustrated the design of friendly relationships as a fundamental element of human existence through an installation consisting of an outsized Petri dish with strains of bacteria, which originate from the members of the «Body of us» team and from the exhibition premises.  Based on this living microcosm, visitors could observe the constantly evolving relations between humans and their environment. The project also comprises an audio installation, an online platform and a publication, inviting audiences to further reflect on the subject matter.

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