born at night – Space Caviar

Products composed out of existing electronic components. Is that design too? In the new exhibition BORN AT NIGHT, guest curators Joseph Grima and Martina Muzi explore a completely different perspective on design and technology.

Spring – Fall 2018


Exhibition and film (35 minutes, continuously screening)

Space Caviar’s Joseph Grima and Martina Muzi

Exhibition Design
Daphna Laurens

Born at night – Space caviar

The exhibition shows how in the Chinese megacity Shenzhen products are being created in a special way. Many people work there, specialized in certain electronics components, from transistors and USB ports to micro chips. Not academically trained designers, but technicians, factory workers and their family members invent, in a very organic way, new things.

Joseph Grima: “What you see here, for example, is that new things are thought of by workers in the factory or by families, at home. They sit down on the couch and think about new applications of certain elements or experiment with new applications. Then they combine, for instance, a microphone with a small amplifier: ideal for Karaoke! “

Space Caviar

Space Caviar, based in Genoa (IT), operates at the cutting edge of architecture, design, technology, politics and the public domain. Previous projects were shown during the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Biennale Interieur, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Film Museum in Munich.

The designer’s exceptional position has been dominating the Western way of thinking about design and innovation for decades. Innovation seems inextricably linked to individual authorship. But, is that view still correct? The electronics market Huaqiangbei is home to an ecosystem that in recent years has developed into a product-innovator. Where during the day the focus is on sales, at night products are created that question the Western way of thinking about design, innovation and individual authorship. With their exhibition BORN AT NIGHT Joseph Grima (a.o. creative director of Eindhoven) and Martina Muzi of design research studio Space Caviar explore a totally different perspective.

BORN AT NIGHT shows a series of objects and components, but through texts and a film – of which Kazerne has the world premiere – illustrates the role of man within this design ecosystem.

Grima: “Where during the day the focus is on sales, at night products are created that question the Western way of thinking about design, innovation and individual authorship. Without judging it’s value, we hope to contribute to the discussion about the next step for design as an innovator with the BORN AT NIGHT project.”

BORN AT NIGHT was realized in 2016 and 2017, and was part of a research residency, provided by M + / Design Trust, Hong Kong.


Space Caviar: Aric Chen, Jason Hilgefort, Merve Bedir, Future Plus, Zhang Xue Shi, and additional to David Li, Jan Boelen, Silvia Lindtner, Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber, Mary Ann O’Donnell, Luisa Mengoni, Brendan Cormier, Yee Ping, FuNa, Monica Shen, Berlina Li, Jennifer Wong, Sofia Pia Belenky, Gabriele Mariotti, Chiara Clarke Siravo, Simon Beckmann, Alessia Santoro, Warde Ka. M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2016-17.

Kazerne: Ruud Balk fotografie, Brabant C, Cultuur Eindhoven, Daphna Laurens, Dutch Design Foundation, EHV365, Leeuwerik Plaatmateriaal, Lucas&Lucas, Moon/en/co, Saint Gobain Glassolutions, Gert Staal