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[Nettime-nl] Presentation by Meta Haven: Design Research (SMART, July 3)

A presentation by Meta Haven: Design Research

Date: Tuesday, 3 July 2007
Location: SMART Project Space
Time: 20.00 - 22.00

Meta Haven: Design Research is an Amsterdam-based collective. Its current members are Vinca Kruk, Daniël van der Velden and Gon Zifroni. The collective’s research results in models, proposals, essays, lectures, conferences and publications. Meta Haven’s first project was in 2003-2004, and consisted of research into a corporate identity for the Principality of Sealand, a tiny nation state located on a former war platform in the North Sea. This project centered around the pro-active engagement with a non-commissioning subject, coming to terms with myth and symbolism, territorial identity and its dissolution into information networks. Since, Meta Haven is investigating an array of case studies where the linkage between visual imagination and the political is key. The ´History vs. Future´ project, focusing on the relationship between identity and history, is resulting in a research of the architectural remains of Cold War communist regimes, notably the Casa Poporului in Bucharest, under the banner of ´The Museum of Conflict´. Meta Haven’s latest publication is a free newspaper addressing the future of the monument, edited together with Mihnea Mircan as a contribution to the 52nd Venice Biennial. Meta Haven: Design Research is currently preparing a book, ´Uncorporate Identity´, scheduled for publication in 2008 with Lars Müller Publishers.

See also

For `A Number of Worlds Resembling Our Own´, the current exhibition at SPS, Meta Haven has created ´Models for the Political´, a series of 30 inkjet prints in which the interconnection between architecture, iconography and the political is explored. Among the prints are models, chessboards, newspapers, posters, stamps, grids and other proposals that attempt to formulate a reflection on the twisted state of symbolic power today.

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