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

May 2019

ISBN 978-3-7356-0604-4

12,4 × 19 cm

208 pages

79 colored and 3 b/w illustrations


Languages: English, Niederländisch

Design Museum Gent, Marta Herford and Tanja Seiner

Text by
Elio Caccavale, Roland Nachtigäller, Richard Pell, Tanja Seiner, Katrien Laporte, Evelien Bracke

Design by
Johannes Tolk, Berlin

Creatures made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design, Design Museum Gent: May 17–September 29, 2019

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