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Form follows fiction: The Face of God

The research project Form follows fiction: The Face of God aim to create a fictional context that makes different stories and discussions possible. The project and exhibition explore how history and mythology can work as a creative force.

Key words: narrative design, fiction, history, exhibition, crafts

In this project, focus is moved from the rational idea about design as problem solver to also include practice that create meaning and artistic expressions. The starting point for the idea is fiction as a driving force in shaping design. The project examines and experiments with exhibition as a format. Form follows fiction aims to question the traditional way of looking at design as problem solver and by the power of example show the relationship between contemporary design and art.

The exhibition Face of God is a part of the project Form follows fiction. The exhibition is about searching for order in chaos and that the line between facts and fiction is floating. The visitor will walk into a staged spatial novel and meet the fictional Czech entomologist and artist Milka Havel and her work through reconstituted artefacts and images.

The Face of God is also the title of Milka Belia Havel’s (1571 – 1631) partly lost text about searching for order in chaos. This text forms the basis of the exhibition which highlights the fictional entomologist and artist’s work. The forgotten artist gets brought back to life by interpretations, texts, reconstructions of fragments and borrowed original work.

In the Face of God baroque gets confronted with modernism, design with art and science with mysticism. Insects works as a metaphor for the unfathomable and as tools for the search of meaning. The central part of the exhibition is a four-meter-long funnel which enhances the sound from insects.

Images from the exhibition. Photo: Christian Strömqvist

Images from the exhibition. Photo: Christian Strömqvist

Images from the exhibition. Photo: Christian Strömqvist

Images from the exhibition. Photo: Christian Strömqvist

The exhibition has gotten a lot of attention in media, for instance there was a debate about how cultural and art institutions relate to “truth”. The discussion in media has also centered on fake news, medias trust in institutions, journalists source criticism and the role of art. All of this has added more content to the project.


Karl-Johan Ekeroth, Designer

Johnny Friberg, Interior Decorator and Lecturer in Design

Mattias Rask, Furniture Designer

Christian Strömqvist, Designer

Håkan Jutbland, Interior Decorator

Jesper Norda, Artist, Composer and Lecturer in Design

Frej Wichmann, Furniture Designer and Woodworker

Page Manager: Carina Krantz|Last update: 2/11/2019

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