Creatures Made to Measure

Animals and Contemporary Design

Animals have always been accompanied people—whether as food, labor, or social companions. While the number of house pets and services for four-legged animals are growing every year, “real” animals are increasingly disappearing from view. Today, animals can be optimized almost entirely based on the ideas of people: they are created in the laboratory, bred as organ donors, and their flesh grown in petri dishes. How are common perceptions of animals changing as a result? The designers and artists in the publication go on a search for the “right degree” in designing such creatures. They therefore run through the possibilities of the human-animal relationship and simultaneously through design scenarios for a different future.

Artists: Martin Avila, BLESS, Melanie Bonajo, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell, Center for PostNatural History, Marcus Coates, Thalia de Jong, Aleksandra Domanović, Konstantin Grcic, Christine Herdin/Katharina Wahl, Max Kosoric/Sanne Pawelzyk, Silvia Knüppel, Dietrich Luft, Christien Meindertsma, Next Nature Network, Ana Rajcevic, Veronica Ranner, Peter Schäfer, Johanna Schmeer, Susana Soares, Sputniko, ThreeASFOUR, Thomas Thwaites, Marije Vogelzang, Pinar Yoldas

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Creatures Made to Measure

September 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0528-3

12,40 × 19,00 cm

176 Pages

79 colored and 3 b/w illustrations

Softcover, bound

Languages: German, English

Editor
Marta Herford gGmbH and Tanja Seiner

Text by
Elio Caccavale, Roland Nachtigäller, Richard Pell, Tanja Seiner

Design by
Johannes Tolk, Berlin

Events
Creatures Made to Measure – Animals and Contemporary Design , 16.9.18–6.1.19, Marta Herford

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