Stigmergy Family Studio
About Archives, Social Systems &Experimantel Education.
The Stigmergy-Family-Studio project is an educational experiment set up by the Italian designer Martina Muzi, on show at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial until 4 November 2018. The first stage of this process of structuring and deconstruction of knowledge was created together with students from the Course of Social Design from the Design Academy of Eindhoven. Between January and September 2018, Muzi and eight students examined the contemporary expression of Chinese, Turkish and Dutch design, recreating a contemprary Silk Road.The research analyses 21st-century productive and commercial ecosystems, and derivative social systems, and emerges in multiform situations
which range from manufacture to family-run businesses in Istanbul to large-scale digital commercial platforms such as Alibaba. The course has been set up as a continuously-transforming archive. An initial set of materials, case studies and tests have been re-elaborated for the construction of a physical prototype. In the analysis of reality, design is a language which compliments traditional instruments of criticism, and the formulation of a project, or rather the designing of an object, is only part of a wider-ranging way of thinking. The work carried out by the students has been stored in a digital platform and will serve as the cue for the next stage of experimentation.Text: Salvatore Peluso, 16 October 2018
These isolated islands are stronger by association.
In one harmonious composition of fabric the local and global collide like elements in time. Watch these shapes as they tell stories of an in-between playground where mystics wear their clothes and their connections electrify. Oh, concentrated cable salad, conduit and connector of realms, give technology its primitive rhythm!
The unique singular body, constrained by an industrial standard takes the shape of a liberating cage that defines a closed space. A meeting at a clink: artefacts as tools - tools as sculpture, a relationship where measurements become form and the human is distilled into an object. These crafted pieces feel strangely familiar, their extracted forms are recombined, dependant and always shaping something new. Here, bodies and minds communicate between rocking forms as forces find their own balance.
A box with wings! What tales does it have in store?
Symbiosis. Away from passive consumption, towards active manufacture, each garment holds a connection to different scales within the network. Radio connects, inspires, communicates: one to many - many to one. As its wires sprawl, deceased technology is given new life through a mechanical nervous system. Sound structures are physicalised through branches of a metallic tree, assembly and disassembly shape its outcome. The digital machine is a parasite, leaching off the analog.
This is a start.
Research and Design:Stigmergy Family StudioText:Salvatore Peluso, 16 October 2018
Video and Images:Stigmergy Family Studio
Master Social DesignDesign Academy Eindhoven 2018