A new kind of minimalism rears its head – the minimalism of the joke. As political weapons and design objects, jokes have the capacity to severely affect or even defeat opponents. Supercharged by social media, they can spread like wildfire. This presentation is an excerpt from Metahaven’s forthcoming book, »Black Transparency«. It goes into the studio’s most recent works, and draws on interviews and research carried out in 2011 and 2012.
Designer, co-founder of Metahaven, studio for design and research based in Amsterdam. Teaches design at Yale University, New Haven and the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. Metahaven published »Uncorporate Identity«, a design anthology for our dystopian age.