exhibition design spatial study

‘Exhibition and experiment on mass behavior’

Collective [Ir]Rationality
2015

Studio LONK made an exhibition and experiment around the theme of mass behavior - human and animal, rational and irrational - at MU artspace during Dutch Design Week.

People who emphasize their own independence like to comment on the herd behavior of their peers. They resent the docile nature of the masses, the thoughtlessness, the lack of initiative. But is that right? Every year, Dutch Design Week attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors who flood the city in the hope of being surprised. What moves them? Studio LONK put it to the test with the extensive spatial study Collective [Ir] Rationality.

Unsuspectingly, visitors are shown around an enormous landscape, designed to confront them with their own herd mentality. Do we conform to (presumed) rules and authorities, do we mainly do what the rest does, or do we not care about all this and do what seems logical? Different pavilions, each with reference to the animal kingdom, are the playing field of choices and movements of the thousands of visitors, carefully observed by Studio LONK. Only at the exit do visitors realize and understand the experiment. With a completely different view of the DDW they continue their way, a little less part of the herd - or more?