MacGuffin

PROJECTS

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ATELIER CLERICI X MACGUFFIN

The Life of Sinks
Palazzo Clerici Milan, 2017

The alluring life of The Sink was celebrated in Milan with an exhibition of related items chosen by a select group of sink users and aficionados. They motivated their choice of sink-related ‘MacGuffins’ in a series of mini-documentary podcasts, celebrating their love for kitchen towels, siphons, taps and grinders.

Photos © Delfino Sisto Legnani

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ECAL X MacGuffin

The Life of Things
Istanbul Design Biennial, 2018
Luma Arles, 2019
Z33 Hasselt, 2019

Can a magazine be a design school? Or a design school a magazine? In 2018, ECAL Product Design used MacGuffin’s editorial model as a methodology to study the use of everyday things. Their research resulted in an exciting collection of narratives and objects, presented in Istanbul and Hasselt. From Umbrella Stories and Wheel Stoppers to Real-Life Rulers and a platform for the Bottom of Things.

Photos © ECAL/Benoît Jeannet and © Joana Luz

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GUANGZHOU TRIENNIAL X MACGUFFIN

The Guangzhou Wedding of Things
Guangdong Museum of Art, 2018/2019

To highlight unacknowledged African immigrants in China, MacGuffin joined forces with filmmaker Alexandre Humbert and local students to collect objects that represent Chinese and African cultures in Guangzhou. The installation staged remarkable weddings between them: Joss Paper Lacoste Shoes married Mao-Inspired Chadian Suits, iPhone Step Increasers married Nigerian Karaoke Mics, and Guangzhou Anti-Radiation Maternity Aprons tied the knot with Chinese Wigs.

Filmstills © MacGuffin & Alexandre Humbert

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HET NIEUWE INSTITUUT X MACGUFFIN

Finders Keepers
Rotterdam, 2017/2018

Inspired by Orhan Pamuk’s Modest Manifesto for a Museum, in which the writer makes the case for a museum that centers on everyday life objects, the exhibition Finders Keepers explored stories of collectors and their relationships to things. MacGuffin brought together more than 5000 everyday life objects from over 40 collections in a Grand Parade of everything, from razors to ropes and from coffee lids to traffic cones.

Photos © Mathijs Labadie and filmstills © Mels van Zutphen

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