THING NOTHING | The Obsidian Project

17 Oct 2015

During Dutch Design Week (17 – 25 October), the Van Abbemuseum and Design Academy organise the exhibition Thing Nothing. Thing Nothing is on view in the museum until 15 November 2015.

In Thing Nothing Design Academy Eindhoven and the Van Abbemuseum research the meaning, value and future of things. The exhibition addresses the relation between form and counter-form, between the real and the virtual, between technological possibilities and moral issues.

The exhibition looks at the way design, in dealing with actual materials, shapes and production processes, can also script the intangible qualities of the material world. Over the years, the academy has encouraged students to look beyond the material properties of things, and to search for a presence that Taoists might describe as ‘nothingness’: the space in and around the object. As virtual space becomes an integral part of our daily environment, designers venture more and more into this world of the unseen, the unspoken, the unmade.

Van Abbemuseum