Swiss Participation to London Design Biennale 2018




‘Body of Us’ is an exercise in and a reflection on friendship. The project takes the form of an active experiential and intellectual investigation of modes and processes of coexistence through doing and thinking. It examines the growth and practice of ethical modes of living and acting together, of seeing and orienting within the world for the sake of a common cause. As the title implies, the project also reflects upon the colloquial, but by no means innocent, use of the term ‘we’. Who are ‘we’ when we talk about ‘us’? ‘Body of Us’ is also an embodied experiment in the very topic it addresses, and a call for a relational and inherently self-critical way of approaching design and contemplating the conditions under which design is produced, displayed and marketed. It will generate an experiential and immersive installation and a publication that provides reflection on the topic. The installation and the publication will be interwoven, entangled and united by a website.

The project was conceived by a large international team, itself composed of collectives and duos: the publishing initiative Continent, the interaction design collective Raeuber & Stehler, the design research duo xgbml project, and the cultural agency common-interest. The participants had never worked with each other before. Brought together by Rebekka Kiesewetter, they set out to generate ‘Body of Us’, whose essence is not to be found in an end product but in the embodied experiment within the very topic it addresses. It is a call for relational and inherently self-critical ways of approaching design by consistently establishing agonistic, symbiotic and authentic conditions for the co-production of meaning.


Press release

Visit the Swiss section on the London Design Biennale 2018 website. 



Jamie Allen, Paul Boshears, Julia Freyhoff, Bernhard Garnicnig, Corinne Gisel, Nina Jaeger, Rebekka Kiesewetter, Vanessa Lorenzo, Matthias Maurer, Raphaëlle Mueller, Jakub Straka, Nina Paim, Lukas Popp, Fabian Ritzi, Maximilian Thomann, Kirsty White

Installation: Lorenzo Mueller & Räuber&Stehler

Publication: continent.

Design coordination & direction: common-interest

Curator: Rebekka Kiesewetter

Production manager London: Kirsty White

Website programing: Jakub Straka

Communication: MAY concepts


Initiated by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in collaboration with Presence Switzerland and the Embassy of Switzerland UK

Supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund UK

With thanks to the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures FHNW HGK Basel and the Stadtwerkstatt Basel for their hospitality.

Picture © Nina Paim