Louise Schouwenberg

Louise Schouwenberg studied psychology (Radboud University Nijmegen), sculpture (Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam), and philosophy (University of Amsterdam). Since 2000 her focus has been on art and design theory and, incidentally, curating exhibitions on the cutting edge of art and design (Gallery Fons Welters Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Utrecht Manifest, the Textile Museum Tilburg).

She has written, or contributed to, various publications, incl. Questioning Design-The Master Programmes at Design Academy Eindhoven (2018); Beyond the New-On the Agency of Things, Munich, Walter König Verlag (2017); Material Utopias, Berlin, Sternberg Verlag (2017); Panorama (Shaping Experiences – essay on designer Konstantin Grcic), Weil am Rhein, Vitra Design Museum (2014); Robert Zandvliet. I owe you the Truth in Painting (monograph on artist Zandvliet), Rotterdam, Nai Publishers (2012).

Together with designer Hella Jongerius, Schouwenberg has worked on a range of critical design projects: During the 2015 Salone del Mobile Milan they presented the manifesto Beyond the New – A Search for Ideals in Design (Palazzo Clerici), and in 2016 the shadow play A Search Behind Appearances (at the request of the Serpentine Galleries, presented at La Rinascente store front windows). Subsequently they curated Beyond the New at museum Die Neue Sammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (Nov 2017-Sept 2018); the exhibition displayed the shadow installations, created in 2016, as well as new works, which reacted on the museum’s rich design archive. Finally, Beyond the New is presented at MUDAM, museum for modern art in Luxemburg (Oct 2018-January 2019); guest presentation by designer/filmmaker Alexandre Humbert, former student of Contextual Design.

Louise Schouwenberg has been teaching at Politecnico University of Milan (MA Architecture), KABK The Hague (MA Interior Architecture); the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam (MA Material Utopias); Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (MA Art & Culture). Since 2010 she is head of the master department Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven.

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Part of the installation A Search Behind Appearances

Overview of Beyond the New at Die Neue Sammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (Nov 2017-September 2018). The installation Upside Down - Reading the Archive consists of cabinets from the museum’s archive. By placing them with their backs on the floor instead of upright, visitors can still see the visual characteristics and intuit the cultural meanings of the exhibited objects. At the same time, they are invited to imagine how these same objects would have shaped people’s daily lives if their functionality were still intact. On the wall, textile panels are draped with woven words, sentences, and questions that provide the visitors with clues for reading the manifold meanings and agencies of design within a ‘white cube’ exhibition space.

Three recent publications by Louise Schouwenberg