Plastic World

Mária Švarbová
August 2015

In Plastic World, Mária Švarbová’s subjects act as emotionless mannequins. Through blank stares, stiff poses and total absence of emotion, the series challenges the viewer to question the ingrained roles people play in society.

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Dasein (↓)

From German Dasein (“there-to be”), from da (“there”) + sein (“to be”).


(philosophy) Being; especially the nature of being; existence, presence, hereness, suchness, essence.

From Wikitionary

Foreword (↓)

The chair is designed by human, and now the chair designs human back in an unexpected way. We want our designs to serve us, but we never expect such side-effect would happen.

If we see this occurrence from an overall point of view, are we, human, actually designing ourselves?

The second part of the project, “Self, who?” aims to address the question asked above, which would involve Martin Heidegger’s thoughts around the concept of ontology and how designers today embed ontology into design so as to find out how we, human are designed by who.

Are we designed? How are we designed? We are designed by who? How to define ourselves in this designed world?

Findings around the problems are presented in this part. There is no answer. It is all about asking questions, putting forward hypothesis and thinking.

Are we the designers
or the designed?
with Jason Silva

Jason Silva
March 10, 2015

Balenciaga 2020
Summer / Spring
Campaign & RTW

Demna Gvasalia
September/October 2019

Ontological Designing

Anne-Marie Willis

New skin

Mayumi Hosokura
April 2020

Plastic World

Mária Švarbová
August 2015

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