Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, the co-founders of Studio Formafantasma, have been appointed to lead a new MA department at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Trimarchi and Farresin will head up the Geo—Design MA programme, an expansion of the existing Geo—Design exhibition platform that was launched in 2018 to explore the social, economic, territorial, and geopolitical forces shaping design today.
An announcement from the school said that the department will "acknowledge the legacy of industrial production as a fundamental source for the expertise and agency of the designer. At the same time, it will problematise and address industrial production’s contribution to environmental and social instability and its incompatibility with models of sustainable or even survivable futures."
The school said that students on the MA will "develop research and communication tools to facilitate a deeper understanding of today’s complex reality but most of all to propose transformative interventions through design and its material, technical, social, and discursive possibilities. In order to achieve this, GEO—DESIGN assembles a framework of diverse knowledge —from material histories to cultural world-views, from humanism to ecology, from plant and animal rights to artificial intelligence, from the Earth’s core to outer space."
Applications for the academic year 2020-2021 open on 1 November 2019.