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Creatures Made to Measure

Animals and Contemporary Design

Factory farming or laboratory meat, cuddly pets or robots in animal form: the relationship between animals and humans is often the subject of hot dispute. How can humans and animals live together sustainably and what possibilities will technology and science open up in the future? Designers have embarked on a revealing search for answers.

Animals have always served an important purpose for humans – whether as food, scientific test object, hunting trophy or playmate. When they are used today as organ donors for humans, or are cultivated in laboratories, we have to ask whether these ‘creatures’ are even still animals at all.

In the search for the ‘right balance’, designers create products for animals and research possibilities of replacing animal-based raw materials and even the animal itself. At the same time they design scenarios that look into the future.

  • Participating designers and artists

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    Martin Avila, BLESS, Melanie Bonajo, Karin Borghouts, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell, Center for PostNatural History (Richard Pell), Marcus Coates, Thalia de Jong, Theo Deutinger, Aleksandra Domanovic, Konstantin Grcic, The Hercules and Leo Case, Christine Herdin/Katharina Wahl, Marlène Huissoud, Max Kosoric/Sanne Pawelzyk, Silvia Knüppel, Kuang-Yi Ku, Dietrich Luft, Lisa Ma, Christien Meindertsma, Next Nature Network, Thomas Pausz, Ana Rajcevic, Veronica Ranner, Andrea Roe/Cath Keay, Peter Schäfer, Johanna Schmeer, Basse Stittgen, Susana Soares, Sputniko, threeASFOUR, Thomas Thwaites, Koen Vanmechelen, Marije Vogelzang, Chris Woebken, Pinar Yoldas

Architecture for Dogs: Paramount by Konstantin Grcic, 2012 © Architecture for Dogs, photo: Hiroshi Yoda