NODE is a Berlin and Oslo based design studio.
Imagined Europeans
Year: 2009
Format: 15 × 24 cm
Client: Humboldt-University, Berlin
Credits: NODE Berlin Oslo
Archive #09008

Since when does the Homo europaeus - as an ideal example, as an average person, as a general representative - occupy the minds of those who consider themselves to be the inhabitants of a constructed Europe? Which cultural techniques are employed to ascribe a physical and psychological essence to the European, to his/her appearance and his/her character?
‘Die Erfindung des Europäers’ is a publication accompanying an exhibition at the Kreuzberg Museum in 2009. It came out of a project at Humboldt University that ‘aspires to identify the conceptions of the European that are commonly held in everyday life, in industrial research and in governmental policy-making’. A main element for our design was the use of basic shapes evoking anthropometry.

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