Design Academy Eindhoven announces the fourth episode of its GEO—DESIGN exhibiton platform: a digital exhibition on the complex dynamics of COVID-19.

The world is currently bearing witness to a virus with unique conditions of contagion that created a pandemic of unexpected scale, ubiquity, and duration. The fragilities of global supply chains were suddenly exposed at their breaking points; the relationships of bodies and spaces drastically changed; perspectives on working arrangements have evolved as digital control systems have become more visible.

GEO—DESIGN: COVID-19. Travelling without moving: a digital journey through the complex manifestations of a global pandemic in the context of late-capitalist society — a chain of original readings that open up an unexpectedly immediate reality marked by acceleration, deceleration and creativity.

To see the online exhibition, please use a desktop computer.

Crisis\Utopia by Colin Keays


Crisis\Utopia looks at different realities we are accelerating towards as a result of global responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, through a lens of utopian thinking.

This pandemic has exposed vast societal inequalities – but equally, it has set the foundation for prominent changes, many of which could lead to a more just global society. Contextualising utopian imagination, Crisis\Utopia weaves together case studies and emerging social trends. Is the world we are currently facing a prototype for utopia?

Four narratives become fictional 3D-rendered landscapes centred around different spatial archetypes: the factory, housing, the warehouse, and the streetscape; connected through a central map which references the original Utopia that Thomas More conceptualised in 1516.

Concept Design & Research: Colin Keays
Visual Narratives & Art Direction: Divya Patel
3D Navigation System: Naysan Foroudi
Web Development & Coding: Niek van Sleeuwen
Voice Actors: Anshula Bain, Jack Bardwell, Colin Keays
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