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(Re)Design with New Materialism

Crafting Desire — © Eric de Vries

How to evaluate material culture through design? How to begin a conversation beyond timelines through objects? Cutting across the boundary between artefact and the social world, ‘(Re)Design with New Materialism’ presents two projects that research and design in the context of New Materialism.

Crafting Desire

Social values are materialised by craft, becoming part of the material culture. As a dowry, the craft of the traditional Taiwanese bed documented the ideal projection of marriage from family and society – gender role, patriarchy, fertility, and heterosexuality.⁠

How can I, as a queer, relate to the traditional bed within my culture and what it represents? By deconstructing the power structure embedded in the bed norm, the bed became an open structure to which different stories and desires can be added. And by reconfiguring the elements used in the tradition, a new heritage was crafted to include queer desires and perspectives, passing on a relatively inclusive material culture.

The Moment of Glass

‘Archaeology deals in the material remains of society, in things, their associations, assemblages, environments and contexts (Olsen, B., 2012)’. Archaeology rebuilds the past world with research by analysing tangible objects and unpacking the history it hid behind.

Image beyond the timelines, how can we document the era we are now in the form of a singular object? How does individualised tendency in the industrial revolution and archaeology theory affect the way we position ourselves in the world? Based on the past and current world, I speculate a reality of ‘glass bottle as future synthetic fossil’, extend the material agency of glass and promote the value of crowdsourcing public history.

About design by Ⓡising Lai

design by Ⓡising Lai, formed by Rising Lai, is a design and research studio based in Rotterdam. Focuses on discursive objects and curatorial projects, we comb the complexity of human creation in industrial products and cultural artefacts, thereby developing new stories through design. Our practices are materialised in objects, installation, exhibition, video, and writing, exploring new possibilities via interdisciplinary collaboration.

Crafting Desire — © Rising Lai

Crafting Desire — © Kevin Kessels

The Moment of Glass — © Rising Lai

The Moment of Glass

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