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Metahaven

Founded in 2007, Metahaven was set up by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden as a design studio and a research unit. The duo had previously collaborated on a speculative visual identity project for the Principality of Sealand, an unrecognized mini-state on a former military structure in the North Sea that tried to re-invent itself as an internet hosting platform. The Sealand case study lead the way into Metahaven’s 2010 Uncorporate Identity (Lars Müller Publishers), a book which, according to The International New York Times critic Alice Rawsthorn, “questions the purpose and value of design in a neurotic and treacherous era of geopolitical instability.” Published in 2013, its successor Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? (Strelka Press) examined internet memes as a contemporary tactics of political protest. Metahaven notably hit the press in 2011 and 2012 when they created a collection of scarves and t-shirts in support of WikiLeaks. Their new publication, Black Transparency (Sternberg Press, Fall 2015), has essays on political transparency and planetary-scale computation, while covering much of their visual work from 2010 through 2013.

Films by Metahaven include City Rising (2014) and several music videos with progressive EDM superstar Holly Herndon. In 2013 Metahaven was awarded the Cobra Art Prize and was named Design Studio of the Year by ICON magazine. Their work has been featured in publications such as 032C, Frieze, e-flux journal, New York Times Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Libération, and Paper. Their work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, the V&A, Gwangju Design Biennial, Artists Space, and many other venues.