In Zurich, an exhibition questions the boundaries between analogue and digital realities

Five studios imagine a new kind of contemporary space in Total Space, curated by Damian Fopp and Matylda Krzykowski at the Museum für Gestaltung.

Total Space, the exhibition curated by Damian Fopp and Matylda Krzykowski at the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, offers an immersive experience of space where the distinction between subject and object, interior and exterior disappears. The project sees the participation of five international design studios — Kueng Caputo, Luftwerk, Trix and Robert Haussmann, Soft Baroque, and Sucuk & Bratwurst — telling and interpreting, thanks to a great interaction and through their vision, what a Total Space is. The exhibition attempts to shift boundaries between digital and reality, bringing one into the other: the result is a holistic experience of space where visitor and design dialogue on the same level in a new exhibition approach.

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Total Space. Kueng & Caputo, Cosa Pensi? Photo Pierre Kellenberger, ZHdK

The set design, created in collaboration with Tristesse studio, is inspired by the cinematographic shot, Totale in German, which includes the figure and the entire environment around it. The path of the exhibition, non-linear and accessible from various entrances, develops around a circular room from which it is possible to choose a personal direction and define a unique narrative through space.

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Total Space. Soft Baroque, Dance Mix. Photo Pierre Kellenberger, ZHdK

In the exhibition, which can now be visited virtually because of the pandemic, Kueng Caputo’s installation Cosa pensi? is a colonnaded garden emphasizing the importance of the critical question in society and stimulating the imagination. Light and colour come together in Landscape is a composition by Luftwerk, who starts from Leon Battista Alberti’s observations on colour and perspective to create an immersive environment that changes our way of understanding space.

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Total Space. Sucuk & Bratwurst, Once Upon a Time There Was a Ladybug. Photo Pierre Kellenberger, ZHdK

Octagon, by Trix and Robert Haussman, uses mirrors to generate a virtual world through reflections. Sucuk & Bratwurst translate their digital creations into a real space, which takes on the characteristics of an oversized children’s room. Soft Baroque, finally, offers a response to the sterile spaces of museums, proposing an installation in constant rotation.

Total Space
Museum für Gestaltung
Zurich, Switerland
Curated by:
Damian Fopp and Matylda Krzykowski
Design studios:
Kueng Caputo, Luftwerk, Trix and Robert Haussmann, Soft Baroque, and Sucuk & Bratwurst
Set design:
Tristesse studio
October 21, 2020 - June 20, 2021

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