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.

Mutated Industry by Lauriane Heim & Colette Aliman

Description

COVID-19 is marking a re-structuring of the pharmaceutical landscape as nation states recognize a need for security and resilience within production processes. Heavily affected by the pandemic, the production of paracetamol slowed down significantly while demands grew due to the medication’s positive impact on symptoms of an infection with COVID-19.

In response to the ongoing global pandemic, Mutated Industry points out how a highly confidential and ingrained pharmaceutical industry is developing resilient approaches to redesign its global supply chain. With a scenario set three years in the future, Mutated Industry explores strategies of total reshoring, the return of production back to the company’s original country, of a component critical for pharmaceutical production.

A symphonic visual lecture, Mutated Industry addresses possible developments within a global pharmaceutical supply chain incited by disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Script and Sound: Colette Aliman, Lauriane Heim
Script Contributor: Dr. Yao Jin
Sound Contributors: Guillaume Reibel, Johan Viladrich and Vincent Picoteiro
3D Rendering: Colette Aliman, Lauriane Heim, Alexandre Harster

Next Project: Why Are the Shelves Empty?
Next Project: Membranes
Mutated Industry Why Are the Shelves Empty?

At the core of any supply chain lies commodity costs. Examining networked infrastructures at their breaking points exposes complex inequalities within local and global supply chain networks. As the virus began spreading in China and the Chinese economy is a crucial element to many global supply chains, it’s worth noting that production of materials such as steel remained high throughout while international import restrictions brought production networks to a halt. As COVID-19 continues to impact all commodities, production of parts and delivery logistics, companies need explore new strategies to pivot and make adjustments to their production and business strategies.

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Mutated Industry Membranes

While the images of dolphins roaming the urban landscape of Venice which circulated in March 2020 have turned out to be a hoax, the pandemic of COVID-19 has indeed had positive impacts on the environment. As planned attempts to counter the climate crisis have had little measurable impact, the sudden forced limit of air travel has shown a drastic drop in air pollution. In China, lockdowns and other measures have impacted to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent and emissions of nitrogen oxides by 50 per cent. Do these developments expose the connective membrane between urban landscapes and natural environments?

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