Metahaven: Islands in the Cloud

Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden in 2007 as a design and research studio, Metahaven has come to define a new methodology in graphic design.

Art Exhibition previously on at MoMA PS1 in New York, United States.
From Sunday 20 January 2013 to Monday 01 April 2013

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Published by anonymous on Saturday 16 February 2013.
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The studio’s speculative practice privileges the vocabulary of graphic design as a means of knowledge production, using it as a tool to analyze organizational models and power structures. Investigating political and economic design-including nation branding and logo production-in relation to statehood, currency and information networks, Metahaven places particular emphasis on transparency and visibility.

The Amsterdam-based studio produces a continuous stream of research that rarely results in finite, codified work. They publish books and essays, organize conferences and collaborate with policy makers, concurrently working on new commissions while maintaining a variety of self-initiated projects. Recent activities have included a range of research, identity and product design for WikiLeaks, as well as proposals for the identity of Sealand, a self-proclaimed sovereign nation-state located on a platform built by the British seven miles off the English coast as part of a naval defense strategy during World War II. Materials from both projects are included in this exhibition, alongside elements relating to a new cloud hosting enterprise based in Iceland. Islands in the Cloud is the first museum show to focus on Metahaven’s unique practice.