GEO—DESIGN: ALIBABA. FROM HERE TO YOUR HOME9—14 April 2019
Salone del Mobile Milano
Design Academy Eindhoven
The exhibition seeks to trace the nebulous outline of a company called Alibaba, best known as the world’s largest virtual shopping mall. In reality Alibaba is more than just a “company”, or even one of the world’s largest companies: it is at once an Internet platform, chat system, financial institution, social network, cloud computing service, digital wallet, education and innovation driver, and an almost indescribably vast logistics network that links cities, ports and factory villages across the world. Whether we recognise it or not, it is a powerful agent in every stage of the design process today—and more than simply shaping the rules of design, production, and circulation as an e-commerce giant, Alibaba is both a massive influence and an engine for change in contemporary geopolitics and global infrastructure.