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Above: Moving in Stasis Design Academy Eindhoven Masters 1 & 2) Matters of Reassembly by Jan-Micha Gamer, 3) A Designer Walks Into a Bar by Marta Ríos Pizà, 4 & 5) Underneath Another Moon / 别有洞天 by Weixiao Shen, 6) happybirthdayto.[name] by Noëlle Van Den Dungen, 7 & 8) The Echo of the Invisible by Benjamin Schupp, 9 & 10) Bump Galaxy: Mental Healthcare Metaverse by Bianca Carague.

Design Academy Eindhoven is currently presenting Moving in Stasis, an unfolding exhibition and public programme from April 08-11 2021 that revisits and recasts the Academy’s Master graduation projects from 2020. Constructed as an evolving set-piece and culminating in a digital public programme, participants have occupied a hybrid structure over five weeks, formed in three acts: Installation, Production, and Public Programme.

Entirely curated, designed, and developed by the graduates themselves, the exhibition disentangles and re-stages performance, film screenings, objects, writings, radio broadcasts, and more. With topics ranging from narratology to modalities of care, craft choreographies to invisible architectures, viewers and visitors are granted a behind the scenes insight into the working processes of sixty designers.



The exhibition grapples with the questions and considerations of attempting to engage with the ritual of exhibition-making at this very moment in time. What has emerged is a performative process; an examination of the museum setting as a site of production for works that will in turn be translated and displayed in digital formats. Created through an extensive collaboration amongst the graduates, Moving in Stasis functions across multiple stages, spanning both physical and digital space. With this process comes an allowance for flexibility and reflexivity; a moment to regroup and find a new way forward.

Check out some highlights below and see the full list of graduate projects here.

Matters of Reassembly: Jan-Micha Gamer

The notion of waste is a social construction which has led to modern society’s throwaway culture. The term ‘waste’ is subjective label as it is associated with products that have lost its utility and value – therefore anything can be called waste. 'Matters of Reassembly' asks whether it makes sense to produce new products when we already live in abundance and where disposal is too easy. It advocates for the reuse of elements in order to extend their lifespan. The concept is about disassembling discarded products and combining them with natural materials in order to create unseen objects.

A Designer Walks Into a Bar: Marta Ríos Pizà

Designers and comedians may not be so different. But while designers attempt to overcome problems, comedians highlight them in a way that humours their audience. ‘A Designer Walks Into a Bar’ follows the life of Marta, a Social Design MA graduate, and her struggles to position herself as a designer. Through humour, Marta’s objects foreground the catastrophic ways designed objects have failed us. In an environment where designers are conditioned to portray themselves as problem-solvers, A Designer Walks Into a Bar” questions this by shifting the viewer’s attention to the flaws in an object’s making and its makers.

Underneath Another Moon / 别有洞天: Weixiao Shen

During the colonial era, a dramatic change in the power dynamic between countries and cultures occurred. The Chinese, as well as the majority of the world population, were forced to abandon their previous ways of living, and to embrace a rigidly different, imported lifestyle that was considered “modern”. Underneath Another Moon proposes a “what if” scenario. What if there was a Third Opium War between China and Great Britain in 1880? And what if this time, China prevailed and set up concession districts in key cities around the world? How would “modernity” be different? Using an altered fictional modernity, this project aims to challenge our prejudices rooted in different ideologies.

happybirthdayto.[name]: Noëlle Van Den Dungen

Dear [name], I am 26 and I still don’t sleep well before my birthday. I am fascinated by the charged moment of social conventions, expectations, and emotions that lie beneath a decorated layer of sweet cakes and brightly coloured plastic trash. Happybirthdayto.[name] is an online-and-pop-up-physical space, situated between a research institute and a birthday party, where people from different points of view have responded to ‘what the birthday means and how to deal with it’. I am carefully glueing this daily life wisdom together, starting the collaborative ‘Philosophy of Birthdays’. As the founding mother of happybirthdayto.[name], (I am wishing you a) Happy Birthday.

The Echo of the Invisible: Benjamin Schupp

Through an interconnection between satellites, data cables and hubs, the Information Age supplies the United States with the infrastructure to kill opponents across the globe almost in real-time without even leaving its own territory. The installation explores the implications of Ramstein Air Base in Germany being one of the main relay stations for drone signals. The project proposes a method of ‘reversed watching’ to raise the question of agency in the context of what the ordinary citizen is allowed to see and how close someone can get to read the actual information of this highly secured network.

Bump Galaxy: Mental Healthcare Metaverse: Bianca Carague

Bump Galaxy is a virtual social space for game world therapy prototyped in Minecraft. It takes a bottom-up approach in dealing with mental health, such that it uses a gaming environment to provide new physiological experiences of safety and social support, helping people overcome anxiety, depression and trauma through play.

Check out their full list of graduate projects here.

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Above: Moving in Stasis Design Academy Eindhoven Masters 1 & 2) Matters of Reassembly by Jan-Micha Gamer, 3) A Designer Walks Into a Bar by Marta Ríos Pizà, 4 & 5) Underneath Another Moon / 别有洞天 by Weixiao Shen, 6) happybirthdayto.[name] by Noëlle Van Den Dungen, 7 & 8) The Echo of the Invisible by Benjamin Schupp, 9 & 10) Bump Galaxy: Mental Healthcare Metaverse by Bianca Carague.

Design Academy Eindhoven is currently presenting Moving in Stasis, an unfolding exhibition and public programme from April 08-11 2021 that revisits and recasts the Academy’s Master graduation projects from 2020. Constructed as an evolving set-piece and culminating in a digital public programme, participants have occupied a hybrid structure over five weeks, formed in three acts: Installation, Production, and Public Programme.

Entirely curated, designed, and developed by the graduates themselves, the exhibition disentangles and re-stages performance, film screenings, objects, writings, radio broadcasts, and more. With topics ranging from narratology to modalities of care, craft choreographies to invisible architectures, viewers and visitors are granted a behind the scenes insight into the working processes of sixty designers.



The exhibition grapples with the questions and considerations of attempting to engage with the ritual of exhibition-making at this very moment in time. What has emerged is a performative process; an examination of the museum setting as a site of production for works that will in turn be translated and displayed in digital formats. Created through an extensive collaboration amongst the graduates, Moving in Stasis functions across multiple stages, spanning both physical and digital space. With this process comes an allowance for flexibility and reflexivity; a moment to regroup and find a new way forward.

Check out some highlights below and see the full list of graduate projects here.

Matters of Reassembly: Jan-Micha Gamer

The notion of waste is a social construction which has led to modern society’s throwaway culture. The term ‘waste’ is subjective label as it is associated with products that have lost its utility and value – therefore anything can be called waste. 'Matters of Reassembly' asks whether it makes sense to produce new products when we already live in abundance and where disposal is too easy. It advocates for the reuse of elements in order to extend their lifespan. The concept is about disassembling discarded products and combining them with natural materials in order to create unseen objects.

A Designer Walks Into a Bar: Marta Ríos Pizà

Designers and comedians may not be so different. But while designers attempt to overcome problems, comedians highlight them in a way that humours their audience. ‘A Designer Walks Into a Bar’ follows the life of Marta, a Social Design MA graduate, and her struggles to position herself as a designer. Through humour, Marta’s objects foreground the catastrophic ways designed objects have failed us. In an environment where designers are conditioned to portray themselves as problem-solvers, A Designer Walks Into a Bar” questions this by shifting the viewer’s attention to the flaws in an object’s making and its makers.

Underneath Another Moon / 别有洞天: Weixiao Shen

During the colonial era, a dramatic change in the power dynamic between countries and cultures occurred. The Chinese, as well as the majority of the world population, were forced to abandon their previous ways of living, and to embrace a rigidly different, imported lifestyle that was considered “modern”. Underneath Another Moon proposes a “what if” scenario. What if there was a Third Opium War between China and Great Britain in 1880? And what if this time, China prevailed and set up concession districts in key cities around the world? How would “modernity” be different? Using an altered fictional modernity, this project aims to challenge our prejudices rooted in different ideologies.

happybirthdayto.[name]: Noëlle Van Den Dungen

Dear [name], I am 26 and I still don’t sleep well before my birthday. I am fascinated by the charged moment of social conventions, expectations, and emotions that lie beneath a decorated layer of sweet cakes and brightly coloured plastic trash. Happybirthdayto.[name] is an online-and-pop-up-physical space, situated between a research institute and a birthday party, where people from different points of view have responded to ‘what the birthday means and how to deal with it’. I am carefully glueing this daily life wisdom together, starting the collaborative ‘Philosophy of Birthdays’. As the founding mother of happybirthdayto.[name], (I am wishing you a) Happy Birthday.

The Echo of the Invisible: Benjamin Schupp

Through an interconnection between satellites, data cables and hubs, the Information Age supplies the United States with the infrastructure to kill opponents across the globe almost in real-time without even leaving its own territory. The installation explores the implications of Ramstein Air Base in Germany being one of the main relay stations for drone signals. The project proposes a method of ‘reversed watching’ to raise the question of agency in the context of what the ordinary citizen is allowed to see and how close someone can get to read the actual information of this highly secured network.

Bump Galaxy: Mental Healthcare Metaverse: Bianca Carague

Bump Galaxy is a virtual social space for game world therapy prototyped in Minecraft. It takes a bottom-up approach in dealing with mental health, such that it uses a gaming environment to provide new physiological experiences of safety and social support, helping people overcome anxiety, depression and trauma through play.

Check out their full list of graduate projects here.

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Interest