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Thing-Like Being is a group show comprised of work by Ada Blecher, Ashley Chen, Caroline Kepley, Murielle Maalouf and Heba Malaeb.

As a group of women and gender non-conforming designers trained in a context where function was valued over feeling, they collectively respond by creating work that experiments with emotion as function.

Confronted with “thing-like being”, where the rules of the man-made world condition human behavior, they respond to the constructs of the built environment by re-envisioning it, and the objects that inhabit it, as expressions of feeling.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, the designers experiment with materiality, purpose and form to conceive a dream-like setting. Works on view include furniture, illustration, and sculpture that reinterpret everyday objects with anthropomorphic characteristics.

Thing-Like Being 2018