On Living with Machines

23 May – 9 Jun 2014

A machine could be more than just a technical box, as shown now in the exhibition called “Standby” in the Museum of Things in Kreuzberg, Berlin.

The Institut for Formforschung, a cooperation of the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences / Department of Design and the Museum of Things, takes a closer look at machines in our daily lives. Living with them is an inescapable part of life that often goes unnoticed and un derappreciated.

The young designers works attempt to challenge our perceptions of the digital world through the eyes of a consumer, as well as a stylistic critique of the monotony of machines in today’s world. Human needs and desires are as much object of the observation as the possible break-out of obsolete con ventions. By juxtaposing classical sides of technology, we can gain a closer look at how machines could appear differently, and probably could better fit our lives and our time.

The collection of the Werkbundarchiv – Museum of Things offers an extensive overview of representative product and design culture throughout the 20th and 21st centuries and provides the historical framework of the exhibiti on.

The exhibition called “Standby” is part of the Berlin Design Week and the annually International Design Festival “DMY”.

project management

Instituts für Formforschung

cooperation with

  • Fachhochschule Potsdam
  • Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge