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Matthias Megyeri (German, born 1973)

Heart to Heart chain, from the Sweet Dreams Security series
Prototype

Date:
2004
Medium:
Iron
Dimensions:
each link 2 1/2 x 2" (7 x 5 cm)
Credit Line:
SAFE Exhibition Fund
MoMA Number:
147.2006
Copyright:
Photo by Mathias Megyeri
Audio Program excerpt

SAFE: Design Takes On Risk

, October 16, 2005–January 2, 2006

Curator, Paola Antonelli: Matthias Megyeri used to be a student at the Royal College of Arts in London, when he started this particular exploration into safety objects. He noticed how all over town safety items of all kinds, from fences to glass shards, were ubiquitous, and he started thinking about how to make this landscape, that was so riddled with emblems of security and conversely of fear, more pleasant to the owner and to the public.

You might want to ask, who needs cute barbed wire with little butterflies, and who needs a chain that is made of hearts instead of rings, and who needs a lock that is a teddy bear as opposed to a normal lock? Nobody and everybody. You know, security and its effigies are ubiquitous. It just depends on how we want to deal with them. Do we want to smile at them, or do we want to just frown and be reminded about our vulnerability?

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