MoMA brings The Propeller Group’s AK47 vs M16 to Dublin

Post Vidai is glad to announce that the work ‘AK47 .vs M16’ of the collection is traveling to Dublin on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Design and Violence’ at Science Gallery Dublin co-produced with MoMa New York.

Here is an excerpt about the thought-provoking exhibition:

‘This is an exhibition of objects and systems at the intersection of design and violence. In defining these terms, we push at both their boundaries.  Violence is identified here as both deliberate harm caused to a person or thing, and as a byproduct or unintended consequence. Violence may occur in spectacular outbursts in other places, in explosions and civil unrest — but as this exhibition shows, it underpins the normal order of things in the places we live, too. The products we buy and the systems in which we participate may cause harm elsewhere and out of sight.  Design is something this exhibition finds in many places. It is not just the preserve of professionals, or found only in ‘designer’ objects. Design can be located in the most ubiquitous, ordinary actions and things around us. The exhibition identifies both the forces that help shape design, and the effects designed objects and systems have on our everyday lives. Here, too, we pay attention to unintended consequences, and to the fact that while design can do good, it can also be used to do bad things well.

DESIGN AND VIOLENCE at Science Gallery Dublin has been developed by Ralph Borland, Lynn Scarff and Ian Brunswick and is based on an online curatorial experiment originally hosted by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and led by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Jamer Hunt, Associate Professor, Transdisciplinary Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School. The project has invited experts from fields as diverse as science, philosophy, literature, music, film, journalism, and politics to respond to selected design objects and spark a conversation about them. Noting the history between the two themes, the exhibition seeks to explore the relationship between design and the manifestations of violence in contemporary society.’