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Martina Muzi is a designer and researcher born in Rome. Her multidisciplinary practice develops between the private and the public, the physical and the virtual, the informal and the institutional, investigating how social relations are embedded in or affect contemporary or future design and architecture scenarios.
She is a part of the architectural and design research studio Space Caviar, founded by Joseph Grima and Tamar Shafrir, which operates between design, technology, politics and the public realm. In the studio framework she actively works with a sociological and collaborative approach on the idealization, research and making of multidisciplinary research-based projects. She is temporarily based in Shenzhen, investigating the networked urban ecosystem built around open design, local production and intensive migration.
In 2016, she participated in the development of the Kolenspoorproject in Belgium and in Paris at the initiation of the ongoing project ArcHertz–Paris, which bridges sound production and architecture. For the second year she participated in the realization of Atelier Clerici, an independent collective exhibition during Milan Design Week, featuring an international event program and design studios.
In 2015, she worked on the docu-drama Blockchain produced in Minecraft: taking on the persona of Walter_Gropius, she entered into the terrain between the pixellated, digital Minecraft community and the physical Bauhaus archives, observing how they intersect with each other. In November she participated in the development of the Alpha Beta Sigma Workshop in Romania, thought as a bridging experience between international professionals and architecture students on the need to transform the school class into a networked open leaning. She independently began her personal research on labor and design which took shape as FracturedEchoes, a series of audio interviews transformed into podcasts for collective conversations, presented for the first time at Salone del Mobile 2016.
In 2014, she was responsible for the Broelschool Demolition Workshop exhibition, produced through an intensive life-work group camp in the homonymous abandoned building that was already demolished. This project is part of the larger studio curatorial project SQM: The Home Does Not Exist. In the same year she produced the film collection 99 Dom-ino: over an intensive period of three months, she and photographer Andrea Bosio embarked on an investigative road trip along the Italian peninsula, capturing Italian domesticity through Le Corbusier’s open architectural framework Maison Dom-Ino and interviewing its inhabitants. For BIO 50, the 24th Biennial of Design Ljubljana, she directed the short film Affordable Slov€nia, portraying Italian attraction towards Slovenian properties as a stimulus for virtual and physical migration. The film was produced via an investigative road trip on the border between Italy and Slovenia, after interviewing Italian buyers in Slovenian territories.
In 2013 she joined the collective ConstructLab for the Museum of Arte Útil exhibition curated by Tania Bruguera at the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven. The Museum was transformed into a political stage where arte útil projects could perform. In the same year she collaboratively worked on THE RIDDER’S PET, a series of art gallery robots which automatized communication, exhibition techniques and archive collection as an assistant to the gallery owner.
Also in 2013, Martina graduated from the Social Design Masters program at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Her thesis, The Feminine Space In-Between, was a dreamlike scenario of an individual emancipation march in-between places of reproduction. The project was a response to the Italian post-capitalistic condition that women are finding themselves in. Through the thesis work, she developed her ongoing research on gender and labor with a focused eye on the creative industries. She produced a series of political performative exercises on how to function in a contemporary Italian society and where to act in its complex traditional frame.
In 2012, she co-created Energy Slavery or: The Human Factory. Looking at the influence that human-generated energy could have on a ‘future-future’ society and its material culture, this speculative project was inspired by sci-fi films, literature and current scientific developments. In the same year in Belgium, in response to the privatization S. Gilles’s public green, she designed Connecting Gardens, a imaginary urban system where simple machines could connect neighbors through the action of gardening together. In Utrecht, she imagined Transforming Waste, a hypothetical recycling neighborhood service through which the soft plastic waste of a family would be collected and crafted into a new saleable product.
In 2011, in Riga, she crafted and performed Nomadic Glove, a prosthetic to highlight the unwritten law of not eating in public.
From 2008 to 2011, Martina studied Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture Ludovico Quaroni of La Sapienza di Roma. She focused on research, designing temporary urban exhibitions, interactive projects with Arduino, and open neighborhood infrastructures.
In 2006 she bought her first architecture book, Delirious New York by Rem Koolhas. Before that, she learned tailoring by her mother and how to camp, fish, sail, build, and demolish from her father.
Her works took part in
RIOT Studio TALK – Social Design Symposium …. DAE Design Academy Eindhoven, May 2016 – “The Bauhaus #itsalldesign” exhibition curated by Mateo Kries and Jolanthe Kugler at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Svizzera. 26 Set 2015 - 28 Feb 2016 – “Architekturfilmtage”, Film Museum München, Germania. 23 April 2015 – “Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa 2015”, Lisbona, Portogallo. 30 Sep 2015 – “Domestic Futures” international collective exhibition curated by Lisanne Fransen National Design Museum Stockholm, Svezia.18 Set - 15 Nov 2015 – “Traders Autumn School” Workshop on participative and cooperative design on the riconfiguration of labor in the city of Genk, Belgium. Organised by TRADERS phd program, tr-aders.eu. 9 - 14 Nov 2015 – “SQM: The Quantified Home” exhibition by Space Caviar, organised for “Biennale Interieur 2014”, Kortrijk, Belgio. 17- 24 Ott 2014 – “Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival 2014”, Le Murate, Firenze, Italia. 14 Nov 2014 – BIO 50 “3,2,1…TEST” exhibition, curated by Jan Boelen for 24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 18 Set – 7 Dic 2014 – “Voices of Women Media” part of “We Are The World”, organised by the gallery Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 15 Apri 2014 – Monditalia – Fundamentals 14. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, La Biennale di Venezia, Italia. 7 Giu - 23 Nov 2014. – “Towards a New Avant-Garde - Internationalization”, organised by SMALL with Superscript e Cat Rossi at “Monditalia Weekend Special”, XIV Biennale di Architettura di Venezia. 8 Giu 2014. – Museum of Arte Útil at Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. 4 Dic - 30 Mar 2014 – SUMMER SCHOOL NOP workshop organised by Centro per l’Architettura Stroom Architecture Center and Makkink & Bey studio, Nordoostpolder, The Netherlands. Ago 2012 – “Reciprocity” International Design Biennal. Liège, Belgio. Gen - Mar 2012 – UTRECHT MANIFEST, Biennal for Social Design, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Mar 2012 – “MAKE-DESIGN RIGA! Dutch Design Made in Latvia”, Riga, Lettonia. Nov 2011 –
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Martina Muzi
Space Caviar
Shenzhen
2016
Kolenspoorproject
ArcHertz–Paris
Atelier Clerici
2015
Blockchain
Alpha Beta Sigma Workshop
FracturedEchoes
2014
Broelschool Demolition Workshop
99 Dom-ino
Affordable Slov€nia
2013
ConstructLab for the Museum of Arte Útil
THE RIDDER’S PET
The Feminine Space In-Between
political performative exercises
2012
Energy Slavery or: The Human Factory
Connecting Gardens
Transforming Waste
2011
Nomadic Glove
2008 to 2011
Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture Ludovico Quaroni of La Sapienza di Roma
Her works took part in
RIOT Studio TALK – Social Design Symposium …. DAE Design Academy Eindhoven, May 2016 – “The Bauhaus #itsalldesign” exhibition curated by Mateo Kries and Jolanthe Kugler at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Svizzera. 26 Set 2015 - 28 Feb 2016 – “Architekturfilmtage”, Film Museum München, Germania. 23 April 2015 – “Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa 2015”, Lisbona, Portogallo. 30 Sep 2015 – “Domestic Futures” international collective exhibition curated by Lisanne Fransen National Design Museum Stockholm, Svezia.18 Set - 15 Nov 2015 – “Traders Autumn School” Workshop on participative and cooperative design on the riconfiguration of labor in the city of Genk, Belgium. Organised by TRADERS phd program, tr-aders.eu. 9 - 14 Nov 2015 – “SQM: The Quantified Home” exhibition by Space Caviar, organised for “Biennale Interieur 2014”, Kortrijk, Belgio. 17- 24 Ott 2014 – “Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival 2014”, Le Murate, Firenze, Italia. 14 Nov 2014 – BIO 50 “3,2,1…TEST” exhibition, curated by Jan Boelen for 24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 18 Set – 7 Dic 2014 – “Voices of Women Media” part of “We Are The World”, organised by the gallery Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 15 Apri 2014 – Monditalia – Fundamentals 14. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, La Biennale di Venezia, Italia. 7 Giu - 23 Nov 2014. – “Towards a New Avant-Garde - Internationalization”, organised by SMALL with Superscript e Cat Rossi at “Monditalia Weekend Special”, XIV Biennale di Architettura di Venezia. 8 Giu 2014. – Museum of Arte Útil at Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. 4 Dic - 30 Mar 2014 – SUMMER SCHOOL NOP workshop organised by Centro per l’Architettura Stroom Architecture Center and Makkink & Bey studio, Nordoostpolder, The Netherlands. Ago 2012 – “Reciprocity” International Design Biennal. Liège, Belgio. Gen - Mar 2012 – UTRECHT MANIFEST, Biennal for Social Design, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Mar 2012 – “MAKE-DESIGN RIGA! Dutch Design Made in Latvia”, Riga, Lettonia. Nov 2011 –