Jonathan Muecke (object - Vertical Expander), Exhibition - Field Essay: Issue One, The Design Process Unveiled, 2012, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Photo: Studio Clack.
Field Essays (Atelier Sophie Krier) expands and documents design processes by enabling and reflecting on special-case projects proposed by design practices. Typically, and in the case of Jonathan Muecke's Design Office, the special-case project develops from the design practice's origins and is intended to mutually expand design discourse by producing short- and long-term effects on the design practice's future. With no exception, the project's "epistemological barrier" pursues the reflexive quality of design in developing objects that continually distance themselves both physically and psychologically. Dutch photographer Bas Princen will compose a visual essay examining the resonance of this particular type of object.
Jonathan Muecke's Design Office was established in 2010, after testing was completed at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which was earlier preceded by an education in architecture and an architectural internship at the office Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland. Muecke's design practice works at design through object editions and test projects.
Atelier Sophie Krier is based in Rotterdam and explores the peripheries of the design field in editorial and socially designed projects. Atelier Sophie Krier has recently curated a series of symposia on education, craft, and visual culture in parallel to research on design processes initiated by the journal Field Essays. Between 2004 and 2009, Krier led the BA designLAB (Rietveld Academie). She lectures and conducts international workshops regularly. Current topics of study include "the working landscape" for Utrecht Manifest 2012, and tools for collective narration and reflection.
Bas Princen is an artist who lives and works in Rotterdam. He studied design for public space at the Design Academy Eindhoven, and architecture at the postgraduate Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Princen has published a number of books on his work. His most recent publication Reservoir was published by Hatje Cantz on the occasion of his solo show at deSingel in Antwerp. In 2004 he was awarded the Charlotte Köhler Prize, and in 2010 he won the Silver Lion, together with Office KGDVS, at the Venice Biennale.