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REFLEX – Design | in | in front of | between | reflections

Can Onur Vanci, Face to Face
© Photo: Benjamin Pritzkuleit

It is a truism that how an object is represented lies in the eye of the beholder. The exhibition illustrates the completely different ways in which archivists and product designers consider and present objects through the work of nine students of the Berlin University of the Arts in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute New York.

Inspired by the Leo Baeck Institute's (LBI) archival materials on German-Jewish culture, the budding product designers have explored the phenomenon of reflection in comical and sophisticated ways.


4 July to 12 October 2008


Libeskind Building, ground level, Eric F. Ross Gallery


with the permanent exhibition ticket

Some of the designs directly address the optical qualities of reflection – with irritations and tricks of the senses, for example the observer unexpectedly becomes part of a historical document – while others explore the reflection of thoughts, ideas, and memories. The very different cultural backgrounds of the nine designers are also reflected in their work.

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