Design Museum Holon presents The Conversation Show, a major exhibition featuring five site-specific, commissioned installations exploring the mutual interchange and creative process of internationally acclaimed designers working together as duos, collectives or groups. Each installation physically and conceptually expresses the design studio’s collaborative practice, investigating human behaviour as well as common and uncommon working methodologies through design aesthetics and processes.
“The Conversation Show expresses the importance of communication in design. Hosting this exhibition at Design Museum Holon shows our audiences another sector in the design world through exploring creative processes and the conversation between the creators themselves,” says Maya Dvash, Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon.
The exhibition is comprised of works by five distinguished design studios from across the globe, the Amsterdam-based cooperative BCXSY (Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto); the Vienna-based studio mischer’traxler (Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler); the Jaffa-based studio Reddish (Naama Steinbock and Idan Friedman); the New York-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture (Daniel Arsham, Alex Mustonen and Benjamin Porto); and the Venice-based studio Zaven (Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno). Across Design Museum Holon’s Upper and Lower Galleries are experiential and interactive works that invite visitors to participate in the dialogue between the designers.
“The Conversation Show is based on emotions and interaction,” says Maria Cristina Didero, Curator of The Conversation Show. “It is an exhibition focusing on the idea of reciprocity and exchange, investigating true and deep bonds of designers who think and work in perfect unison, as well as the creative results of their distinctive approach.”
The Lower Gallery of Design Museum Holon will be dedicated to Snarkitecture’s Hall of Mirrors, an immersive installation that transforms a mirror from an everyday object to an architectural environment. Created in collaboration with the Italian interior design brand Gufram, the monochromatic installation encourages visitor exploration and interaction, playing with the concept of reflections within paralleled worlds.
The Upper Gallery of the Museum will be divided in four parts, featuring the original works of mischer’traxler, Reddish, Zaven and BCXSY. The duo, mischer’traxler, created an interactive kinetic light installation titled Coalesque, a visualisation of the couple’s dialogues. Reddish focuses on the idea of balance and synergy with their installation, Balancing Act, which features kinetic objects that interact with one another and with visitors. Zaven’s work, Dune, brings light, colour and imagination with a collection of lamps composed of cast-glass slabs to the exhibition. The lamps are a result of Zaven’s work method, representing two different stages, research and design. The duo BCXSY will feature an interactive seesaw, examining the concept of balance as the starting point of every creative process that can only be activated by two participants.
Design Museum Holon will also be presenting two smaller exhibitions, addressing similar topics of communication through design. Wrapping around the Corridor of the Museum is the exhibition Genetic Discourse, featuring a body of work by Juany Mukmel and Talia Mukmel, a mother and daughter whom are designers but do not work together. Throughout their works you see the connection in their technique, language and devotion to material. In the Design Lab, the exhibition Forms of Smiles takes a humorous approach to everyday objects by Monkey Business. Forms of Smiles looks at the stories of fourteen products, designed by Israeli designers, examining the development process and evolution between designers and people involved who influence the design process.