M21D is hard at work on new exhibitions and programs. We're looking for individuals and organizations to collaborate on them with us. We'll continue to update this list of projects as new ones arise. If you don't see something that fits your specific focus, send us an email with an outline of your proposal.
M21D Organizer William Myers is curating an exhibition for Floriade, a horticulture festival produced once every 10 years in the Netherlands (opening April 2022 in Amsterdam and Almere). The topic is the troubled but hopeful relationship between humans, nature, and technology. The exhibition will consist of more than 600 square meters with outdoor and indoor installations of experimental technologies and imaginative speculations. It's a project of the Next Nature Network in conjunction with several partner organizations.
Re-Framing Design Objects
What stories can we tell about design objects if we look at them from a different angle? In collaboration with Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, M21D is examining objects from the museum’s collection from social and environmental perspectives. By engaging with these objects in a new way, we will reframe them with new data, provocative questions, and feedback from the people for whom they were designed. One of our goals is to develop new criteria for museum to use in telling compelling new stories about the objects in their museums.
Programming and events coming soon to Rotterdam!
John Körmeling, The Square Car, 2010, aluminium, plastic and electric motor. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Design of Dissent
This ongoing research project will present in exhibitions the best of design that has supported protest over the past 20 years, from posters and masks to strategies for organizing. It is inspired by current social justice movements, the 2005 publication and exhibition of the same name by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilić, and the recent exhibition at the Museum of Design Atlanta. The topic takes on new significance following the events of 2020 and the urgency to expand and disseminate our collective playbook of protest.
Image: Jackie Fawn, PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH
Re-Design: Coronavirus and Public Space
The COVID-19 crisis upended our expectations of personal and public spaces — and it demanded rapid re-designs everywhere. This exhibition will spotlight and recreate the best examples of creative repurposing of public spaces from around the world. Sometimes repurposing claims area for people or greenery without permission. In other cases, repurposing is sanctioned. Often, they're achieved with simple interventions like chalk and tape. All are designs that signal fascinating shifts in community priorities.
Image: Doug Gordon
This exhibition will feature objects that can truly claim to sequester carbon in their production or via the completion of their life-cycles. An accompanying program with designers, local communities, and policy-makers will include discussions about how to make carbon-negative design a standard rather than a label.