Design Challenge (Re)Design Death


Who wants to live forever? Will you design the conversation piece that inspires our visitors to reflect on what it means to live forever?


Cube design museum is organizing a design challenge in the run-up to the exhibition (Re)design Death. The exhibition consists of over forty Dutch and international design projects on death and the rituals surrounding it. Cube displays design that contributes to the way people experience end-of-life rituals and this way aims to remove the taboo around death and dying.

Do you want to live forever?

Eternal life has been a fascination of mankind for centuries. However, what would the real impact be of eternal life be? What problems would it create? According to various researchers, one day it will be possible for humans to live forever. There are three potential scenarios:

  • Finding a 'cure' for ageing
  • Replacing 'old parts'
  • Storing your consciousness in a machine

In this challenge, you will design a conversation piece about eternal life. This could be a new design or a substantial expansion of an existing design. From the submissions, ten designers will be selected to further develop their idea into a concept in the Cube design labs. Three of these designers will then be given the opportunity to develop their concept into a physical product, under the guidance of Mark Sturkenboom, best known for his intriguing and controversial work 21 Grams. The three conversation pieces will be a part of the current exhibition (Re)design Death.

Research TUDelft

Partner of this challenge are the Delft Design Labs, the End of Life Lab and Museum Futures Lab to be precise. A graduate student from these labs will design an intervention to not only register the responses to the conversation pieces, but with which the visitors can start a conversation with eachother, whether or not in real time. The responses, opinions and discussions are collected, investigated, shared with each other, and so on, to create a lively picture of the breadth of the discussion. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the 3 designers.

Who are you?

  • You are a designer who graduated up to three years ago
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Dutch (German would also be an advantage)
  • You enjoy documenting the design process with vlogging and blogging
  • You are available several weekends per month and during the holiday period from December 2019 to April 2020

What do we offer?

  • Working on design with impact
  • Supervision and coaching by professionals; design lectures and workshops
  • Your design process will be included in the exhibition (Re)design Death at Cube design museum
  • Access to rapid prototyping machines (laser cutter, 3D printer, etc.)
  • Ten participants will receive a remuneration of €250. The three designers chosen to develop their idea into an object will receive a budget of €1,500
  • Location: Kerkrade

Timeline

  • 8 Dec 2019: end of registration
  • 23 Dec 2019: selection of ten participants
  • Sundag 5th Jan. 2020: Kickoff
  • 5 Janb 2020 – 10 Feb 2020: master classes, video blogs and developing ideas
  • 10 Feb 2020: pitch and selection of three designers 
  • Feb & Mar 2020: beginning of design process (expert meetings, coaching, vlogs, blogs and co-creation in exhibition)
  • 6 April 2020: objects unveiled at exhibition

How to participate

Send your portfolio, a brief description of your proposal, CV and a cover letter to info [at] cubedesignmuseum.nl before 8 December 2019.