Membranes provides an analytical reading of the complexity of human behaviours in an acute crisis situation, the COVID-19 pandemic. The project challenges designed divisions on a variety of scales and analyses their impact on processes of societal transformation.
The projet highlights the human need for security in the context of an incomprehensible situation and its instrumentalisation for political control. The metaphor of the biological membrane provides a framework to grasp the incomprehensible problematic, following Timothy Morton’s thoughts on the ‘Hyperobject’. Across all scales, Membranes are separating, while simultaneously, connecting entities.
Project: Marvin Unger + Jasper Zehetgruber
Visual Effects: Simon Gehring
Audio Consultant: Stephan Schmidt
Voice Over in order of appearance: Elizabeth Balado, Amy Lewis, Zoë Prifti, Ellen Pearson, Emily Aquilina, Tiiu Meiner, Emma Gregoline, Fiona Herrod, Kaiu Meiner, Johanna Schneider, Chai Dienn
Tracking technologies and other mechanisms of control are implemented as measures to counter the spread of COVID-19. These invisible means of control are invasive. Just as the virus itself, these technologies position individuals in space in relation to others. It seems as though the permeability of membranes is revisited and redefined invisibly.Next →
Is the global market ready to handle the challenges of distributing an eventual COVID-19 vaccine from drugmakers to billions of people? Current systems of industrial production rely heavily on a complex network of trans-national supply chains. Stretched thin by the pandemic, freight companies face problems of shrinking capacity on container ships and cargo aircraft, making the global distribution of fragile and perishable goods a challenge that seems hard to overcome without reforming current globalised systems of production.Next →