Collaboration 2010 – 2011
SuperOrganism is a research project which kicked off through an exhibition/store, during Dutch Design Week 2010 at the Nova gallery in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
The exhibition is curated by the Ant Hill Collective, a collaborative group formed in 2010 by four international designers: Maurizio Montalti (Italy), Luke Jenkins (US), Jose De La O (Mexico) and Tal Erez (Israel).
With a collaborative experience in furniture design, engineering, industrial processes of production, critical writing and teaching, each explores different directions of design – be it the link to nature and science, the social effects it has on users, how it could be implemented to aid people in need, or the way new production techniques affect the field itself. Graduates of the Masters program at the Design Academy Eindhoven, the four share different interests but a similar agenda, as they all, in their respective fields of interest, question the role of design in an interconnected world.
The Ant Hill Collective believes Design no longer has a place in the confined parameters of a white cube. It is becoming increasingly clear that it is holding a key role in the connection between different fields of life and society, from micro to macro. This is at the base of the SuperOrganism concept. SuperOrganism relates to the interdependency between entities and how they are subject to a bigger system. Like the cell that is part of the organ, which is part of the body, it follows that the individual is part of a community, which is part of the city and so on. The interrelations between object, designer, user, science, nature, technology, society and other fields in their different scales, as well as between disciplines in design, are the focal point of this show.
Involving a range of international designers, the SuperOrganism event has been exhibiting and selling a wide variety of objects, from print and jewelry to lighting and furniture. SuperOrganism offers the public the possibility of becoming part of it by bringing home affordable products.
SuperOrganism later developed as a research platform, exploring different topics (e.g. energy) and directions related to the design discipline and their favorable intersections.