This archive of the Future Past maps the coming 25 years of personal and renewable energy. It illustrates four speculative social phenomena – Fans, Tribes, Radicals and Idlers. Who will choose the future and write history?
In Dutch Design Week 2013, Ben offered visitors the chance to have their DNA decoded by a commercial lab. This puts the audience in the position of choice – will they choose to have greater knowledge about their ancestry and health risks, or opt to stay knowingly ignorant?
Ben’s Masters thesis was entitled Design in Krisis. It examines design in economic crisis, and design’s changing role, from things to thinking. Ben uses the word Krisis to indicate a removal from the mediatised culture of crisis.
For the final installation of his Thesis, Design in Krisis – Ben created a newspaper comparing the conflicting interests of governments, financial institutions and citizens. The articles in the newspaper look 20 years into the future, to see how the structures we have before us today could change.
As part of his Thesis into Design in Krisis – Ben conducted research into the closing of the Ford Plant in Genk, outlining some possible future scenarios for work. He interviewed many workers, politicians and business people to better understand the situation.
Expeditions are early morning runs through Lisbon exploring the streets, plazas and negative spaces of the city at the scale of the body. This project will be run as an Associated project as part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in November 2013. Think: contact improvisation with the city, provoking a sense of wonder and play.
Ben helped the Eindhoven Public Library to develop strategies of change in response to their severe budget cuts. The focus was on what would be lost with the proposed reductions, the library as a platform, and the library as a social space.
First Gift is a blanket which visualizes a child’s DNA as data, embedding it in a precious heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation. It highlights the sanctity of DNA data, in an age where germ-line genetic manipulation may soon become possible.
Bald Bowls is an interactive process where bald men cast each other’s heads in plaster, then slip cast them to create bowls in the shape of their bald domes. The event grew from the therapeutic sessions of bald support groups and includes art therapy theories. By creating something together, bald men can connect with each other through a unique process, and have an artifact to show for it in the end, which represents their acceptance of balding.