Norm Form / 6 Oct 2017 - 11 Feb 2018

A multidiciplinary exhibition on norm criticality

“Norm Form is an exhibition about design that is provocative and challenges what is considered normal. Discover architecture and design that breaks the norm!

Have you ever wondered why a woman’s bicycle is different to a man’s? Or why a drill looks so different to a food processor?

Norm Form displays the work of 54 designers and artists whose work challenges accepted norms about how an object or place should look and function. This unprecedented exhibition reveals the hidden political messages we miss in our everyday experience of the designed world, and teaches us how to subvert them.

You can experience design that speculates on how a gynaecological exam for a man might feel; a customised truck that enables disabled people to take direct action on their physical environment; view hijabs designed for the Swedish police force, the armed forces and the fire brigade.

The exhibition is a portrait of a radical emerging field with its roots in critical design and protest movements. Curated by a three-strong team of experts in the field, ArkDes hosts an exhibition of work at the fringes of conventional design practice.”

-ArkDes, Stockholm

At ArkDes in Stockholm

Curators: Camilla Andersson, architect and PhD candidate at Aalto University, Maja Gunn, artist, designer and PhD in design (specialised in fashion) and Karin Ehrnberger, industrial designer with a PhD in product and service design.

Designers/Artists: Alecsander Rothschild, Ammy Olofsson, Andjeas Ejiksson, Anna Isaksson, Anna Nordström, Ann-Christine Hertz, Agga Anne Mette Stage, Bastion, Camilla Andersson, Cristine Sundbom, Design Lab S, Elina Nilsson, Emma Börjesson, Eva Szentiványi, Faggot Apparel, Fanny Karst, Frida Hållander, George Chamoun, GIL, Hanna Kisch, Hanna Stenman, Hanne Lindberg, Ida Klamborn, Iman Aldebe, Joanna Zawieja, Johanna Burai, Julia Westerberg, Kakan Hermansson, Karin Ehrnberger, Kim Ihre, Kristin Zetterlund, LazoSchmidl, Louise Linderoth, Maja Fredin, Maja Gunn, Marcus Jahnke, Matt Lambert, Minna Magnusson, Minna Palmqvist, MYCKET, Parasto Backman, Patricia Reyes, Queering Sápmi i samarbete med Marc Strömberg, Secretary, Sepidar Hosseini, Souzan Youssouf, The New Beauty Council, this is Sweden, Tobias Alm, Utopia, amongst others.

Exhibition design: Jenny Nordmark
Communication concept: Madder i samarbete med Bastion och Dotta Doost
Catalogue illustrations : Emma Rendel
Authors of catalogue: Rudy Loewe, Ramia Mazé, Mohamed Yussuf, Kaisu Savola
Reference group: Iki Gonzalez Magnusson, Marcus Jahnke, Maria Ben Saad, Salka Hallström-Bornold, Samira Bouabana och Rättviseförmedlingen genom Aurora Percovich Gutierrez och Maria-Pia Cabero.