Manufaktur für Ungreifbares is a Berlin based multidisciplinary art and design practice founded by Felix von der Weppen. It exists as an open platform consisting of a project-related varying team of individuals with professions in the fields of design, architecture, art, curation, writing, philosophy and economics. The studio’s outcome ranges from self-initiated and often research related projects such as publications, social campaigns and urban interventions to client-specific works such as websites, motion design, identity and print products.
2006, 08 — Group Exhibition „Essen für‘s Auge“ Max-Planck-Institut, Munich, Germany
2007, 12 — Group Exhibition „Player One vs. Player Two“ Färberei, Munich, Germany
2011, 10 — SIMULTAN FESTIVAL #7 – „Imaginary“ Timisoara, Romania
2011, 11 — PNEM Sound Art Festival, Netherlands
2011, 11 — Fucking Good Art, LindeNow Festival. Leipzig, Germany
2011, 11 — Beautiful Art – Public Talk with Bildetage, Kuhturm, Leipzig, Germany
2012, 02 — Switch 2012, Video-Art Festival, Nenagh, Ireland
2012, 03 — Traverse Video Festival, Toulouse, France
2013, 05 — Ornament & Concealment, Berlin, Germany
2010 — Featured in Esquire Magazine, Korea
2010 — Review in Giant Robot Magazine, USA
2010 — Gallery Mag – 5 Pieces of work published
2010 — Carne Magazine – 2 Pieces of work published
2011 — Index Book, Typo Shirt One, Spain
2011 — Wow! – Leading-edge Designers, China
2013 — ARCH+ 213, Out of Balance, Germany
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- 2014Self-InitiatedFelix v. d. Weppen
- Concept, Development
- Oliver Lippert /Development
- Concept, Installation, Research, Editing
- Concept, Installation, Research, Web Development, Text
Architecture is often used and invoked as the central hallmark of modernization. Cities around the world are rapidly redefining themselves through their architecture in a bid to capture some part of that elusive essence that is “the modern city”. Simultaneously, the attempt to define a local identity in the midst of an international architectural identity leads to a strange emphasis on conservation. Despite this, the materials and tools used to construct and preserve them mainly stay the same. Physically and symbolically they make up one of the most constant elements to our time. Ironically it is structures, ones that were, in and of themselves, intended as a transitional state, who act as relics of a perpetual present within the constantly shifting modern urban environment.
In the midst of modernization, taking the risk of letting go appears to be an almost radical act. Ornament and Concealment aimed to lead the viewer into the very nature of this contradiction, creating an atmosphere of shelter and defenselessness. Instead of a backup preventing a possible future blackout, the installation directed the gaze to a black box of an accident which never happened, but continuously happens.
The complete project text can be read here:
- Felix v. d. Weppen
- Felix v. d. Weppen /
- Concept, Animation
As we are getting closer to the realization of authentic virtual reality, simulations which merely stimulate the brain, the development of authentic physical simulations is emerging. Programmable matter, swarms of tiny robots, will very likely be able to take on any color and shape, enabling environments of constant transition. If successful both developments will have fundamental effects on our behaviour and relation to the world as well as to each other.
Monades 2.0 began with the rather tiny question of how small and simple structured devices, mere spheres with a set of programmable magnets, could move around in space. Attempts to solve this problem led to a behaviour which strongly reminds of organic organisms, leaving us with the enigmatic mixed feelings of unease and wonder, similar to what is known as the uncanny valley effect.
In order to further examine this, our hope is not to rest within this virtual representation.
- FROST Festival, Competition
Winter as catalyst for the recoding of the public domain—Winter, especially snow, carries the potential to clear public spaces from an overload of information and societal codes. which often, by their distinctiveness, limit citizens in their behavior and reduce them to sheer consumers of goods, events and images. In addition, low temperatures put people of all classes and income on an approximately equal level. Everyone shares the experience of freezing, longing for a warm place and sunlight. This project aims to unlock winter’s potential for the reappropriation of the public space and to generate pro-urban, productive friction through encounter.
Warming up and sharing a cup of tea with strangers—The houses are moved to public spaces throughout the city, inviting everyone to pause, share tea and thoughts with strangers. The project travels like a nomadic camp to and through various cities.
Material and Design—Thermal blankets are normally used for providing first aid in open space and by homeless people to keep warm outside, meanwhile the same material is used for the furthest outreach of human activity: space programmes and satellites. The design aims to amplify this contradictory notion in two ways. On the one hand by using supporting structures made of square timber for simple cabins. These are combined with thermal foil as an effective, low-cost and high-tech solution for isolation. And on the other hand treating the overly complex urban condition by responding to our most basic needs: warmth and shelter through the pre-civilisatory invention of a centered hearth.
- Research, Concept, Text
- Research, Concept, Design
Remap(p) is an interactive investigation into the effects that foreign land acquisition has on the rural populations of the countries in which it is most prevalent or most heavily practiced. Our primary focus with the Remap(p) project is to raise awareness and to assist in mapping the effects of Foreign Land acquisition on the livelihood of the population living in host nations. We want to compare the conditions of the involved investor and host countries and governments. This data will be crowd sourced from various resources including Land Matrix and Grain, with the hopes of showing the interactions between the variables of each unique situation, (population density, renewable freshwater amount, need for development, and so forth), while simultaneously giving an overview of the agricultural population which is being studied.
The website is in its apha stage. We aim to publish a beta version by the end of this year.
ARCH+ 213: Out of Balance – Kritik der Gegenwart
- Concept, Design, Development
- Concept, Design
- Christian Renner /Development
BEC-Engineering GmbH asked for a comprehensive relaunch of its website. Together we developed an extensible structural order for the companies vast service portfolio which formed the basis for the webdesign. We then developed an interactive information platform with educational character, explaining troubleshooting and quality maintenance strategies for PV modules and PV power plants.
Update: The website is currently offline.
- 2013BEC-Engineering GmbH
BEC is a consulting and engineering company in the field of Photovoltaics with a focus on troubleshooting PV-modules and PV power plants. This card was created to inform about hidden flaws inside of photovoltaic modules. These flaws are invisible to the human eye and need electroluminescence imaging technique to be detected. It took some weeks to find a printer who was courageous enough to print on so called ‘spy mirror film’. When holding the the foil against a source of light, it reveals a compilation of electroluminescence images of broken PV cells. This then can be used to indicate a range of various damages, possibly hidden underneath a module’s flawless surface.
- 2011Dudes Factory
- 2010247 Group Project, MyORB, NY
- Concept, Photography
“Originally created for the 247-group project ‘Telephone’, the Chocolate Slavery series highlights the reality of child slavery in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) where an estimated 50% of the world’s chocolate is grown.”
“Cote d’Ivoire is the leading exporter of cocoa beans to the world market. Yet the horrendous conditions under which enslaved children toil on the cocoa farms of the Cote d’Ivoire is juxtaposed with the idea that the cocoa will ultimately end up producing something that most people associate with happiness and pleasure – chocolate.”
Like flower trading and mining for gold and diamonds, chocolate slavery illustrates the contradictory nature of consumerist society. All the examples above are used to express love and pleasure while there is greed and harm at their very root.
1, 2) Article about the project, published at greenmuzue.com
- Concept, Design, Filmography
- Concept, Design, Filmography, Editing, Color Correction, Flash Development
This was the second time Hintmag asked MyORB to produce an animated lookbook. We created a make-believe darkroom and took the images back to the pre-digital era and it’s alchemistic approach to image-making.
Lucie and Michael Kim have stayed in many hotel rooms in the past few years. This 64 page book is a collection of photography from all around the world, showcasing the similarities and differences of a home away from home. The book is $5 + shipping. It was created with and can be ordered at MyORB.
- Concept, Art Direction
- Concept, Design, Filmography, Editing, Color Correction, Flash Development
When the Fashion Editor for Hintmag came back from his latest photo-shoot in Paris, MyORB received five images and a challenge to create a flash animation that reflected a subtle touch of madness and paranoia. Felix transformed the existing images and added illustrations and color. The animation was created in Flash and After Effects.
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