The process of confronting the National Socialist past, known as German Memory Culture, has been crucial to the nation’s self-confidence after the end of WW2. Germans pride themselves on having confronted the horrors of the Third Reich but fail to face the development of a thriving right-wing extremist culture in recent decades.
The Arson Archive confronts the dangerous gap between the commemoration of National Socialism and the confrontation of the extremist spectrum today. Representing more than 400 arson attacks against refugee accommodations since 1990 the Archive gives a physical presence to a sheer invisible but everlasting heritage of xenophobic hatred.
During a Mass Casualty Incident, an array of protocols is activated to coordinate multiple relief forces as the constant exchange of information becomes essential for survival. However, incidents such as the Paris Terror Attacks or the Grenfell Tower Fire have repeatedly revealed that Emergency Medical Services lack behind the modern-day technological standard.
As an emergency physician, my father helped to develop Europe-wide emergency response plans in the 1980s. For this case study, I studied his comprehensive manuals ensuing to design Florian Intercom System, a platform that bundles the information exchange during disaster response operations.
National Monument Kamp Vught
National Monument Kamp Vught is one of three former Nazi concentration camps in the Netherlands. Behind the ruins of the far-spread death-machinery looms the silhouette of an army of bureaucrats who accurately planned mass extinction. After all, Hannah Arendt described Adolf Eichmann, the leading organiser of the Holocaust, as an ordinary individual, acting terrifyingly normal.
Not ideology but advancing his career spurred the functionary who disengaged with the reality of his evil acts. This thoughtless empathy is reflected by the index cards in this installation which commemorates the camp’s 32,000 prisoners. The still today customary stationery was actually used for their registration. The colourful allure arouses observers in the monument’s lobby before its quantitative, sombre meaning slowly reveals.
Robert Charles Johnson invited me to help him design his Fatconomy exhibition at the London Design Museum. Every year Thames Water clears tens of thousands blockages caused by fats, oils, and non-biodegradable matter being poured down the drain forming a concrete-like mass, now known as the fatberg.
Johnson’s research takes a close look into the efficacy of today’s waste economy and reveals fat waste’s potential as a biocompatible material. Fatconomy emphasises the importance of local consumption and craftsmanship as it proposes a new system for extracting and reusing fat.
The Gaddafi Dispatches
Last curried with favour as an alleged ally in the War on Terror, NATO hastily supports Muhammad Gaddafi’s overthrow. Soon Libya’s fate becomes part of an increasingly contradictory reality. In the 2010s, Governments’ simplified narratives increasingly serve to manifest power rather than to clarify complexity.
Instead of facing the real difficulties non-linear strategies are applied to destabilise perception in order to manipulate public debate. To counter the spread of conspiracy theories the Gaddafi Dispatches assemble a series of investigative media reports addressing the Western governments’ role in Libya.