Violent Object


Exhibited at the Julia Mizrachi Vitrina Gallery

Catalogue design by Hadas Shalem

Photos by Dana Arieli, Ella Elchazov, Aya Wind 

"Violent Object" exhibition Was exhibited at the Julia Mizrachi Vitrina Gallery Faculty of Design, Holon Institute of Technology from March 7 to April 4, 2017. and at State of design Berlin from June 1 to June 4, 2017.

From the dawn of humanity, man has used strength amplifiers to force his will on nature, on animals and on other human beings. The first documented violent object is a 1.6 million years old knapped hand-axe made of volcanic stone, found in the Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. The axe has two sides: one fits in the palm of the hand while the other is knapped into a blade. In effect, this instrument extends and intensifies the human hand. 
From the moment the use of tools was established, man became a free radical in the existing order on Earth. From his hunting strategy, which he used to hunt animals both larger and stronger than himself, to the domestication of these animals and harnessing them to work for him, to using antibiotics to outsmart the most significant mechanism of equilibrium in nature - death.
By means of violence and technology, man became a God in control of his fate and his environment.

In this exhibition the participants were asked to design a violent object based on their perception. The exhibited objects examine the concept of violence from a variety of angles: some of them criticize, some offer solutions, some embrace their violent nature and some follow their imagination. 
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