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.

Membranes by Jasper Zehetgruber & Marvin Flores Unger


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

Next Project: Anti-Virus Assistant (Ava)
Next Project: Why Are the Shelves Empty?
Membranes Anti-Virus Assistant (Ava)

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.

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Membranes Why Are the Shelves Empty?

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.

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