Our current show is brought to you by the well-known design author and critic Sophie Lovell. Freak Show: Strategies for (Dis)engagement in Design is a selling exhibition of objects by a very special selection of international designers that think differently and who challenge the system. They are the “freaks” that are showing us that design is no longer what we thought it was. They are turning accepted norms on their heads and confronting our preconceptions about design.
Our survival depends upon change, and this is only possible through individuals that are able to think and act beyond social, theoretical and methodical norms. Traditionally those who disengage in this way are outsiders – freaks – and traditionally they are suppressed or rejected since they tend to threaten the status quo. But now the status quo is threatening us and we are learning to value and to celebrate “difference”.
The work of all these designers is about rising to the responsibility of engagement through disengagement and as a result they are giving us an insight into what the world could be like if we can find the courage to accept change.
A special catalogue raisonée in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies will be published shortly after the opening. Edited by Sophie Lovell, creative direction and graphic design by Christiane Bördner, Agency E and I Love You Magazine, photography by Marcus Gaab, Agency E. Available to order by mailing to info(at)helmrinderknecht.com
We are grateful to the Embassy of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Agency E, Berlin, Casa Camper Berlin and Weinmeister Hotel for their kind support of the exhibition.