ARE YOU OK, JOHNSON? — Zsofia Kollar, Barend Koolhaas, Rick Mouwen, Jasmijn Muskens, Anna Sitnikova
The slogan ‘Design is collaboration’ spurred the exhibition design team to reset the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk. Instead of designing a single character that functions independently to the objects on display they opted to create Johnson: a caretaker with multiple personalities who guides the different voices residing in his apartment. Some of whom are independent, while others show a great togetherness or are overtly hostile. By using Johnson as a proxy, the team found a constructive way to map these players and encourage visual conversations between them. Collaboratively, they compose a series of rich narratives that are in constant dialogue within the residence of Johnson.