GeoDesign: Alibaba. From here to your home, Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven
Irene Stracuzzi, Custom Printing, 4 metre inflatable globe, 2018
Thanks @martina.muzi for the introduction of the must see GEO-DESIGN exhibition she co-curate together with @josephgrima at @vanabbemuseum museum in Eindhoven. ‘The exhibition seeks to trace the nebulous outlines of Alibaba, possibly best known as the world’s largest virtual shopping mall.
In reality Alibaba is more than just a “company”: it is at once an online platform, a chat system, a financial institution, a social network, a cloud service, a wallet, an innovation center, an educational provider, an e-commerce giant, and an almost indescribably vast logistics network that links cities, ports and factory villages across the world.9 multidisciplinary design researchers were invited to choose one specific aspect of interest from the given context, which would bring them to travel in the multi-faced meanings of the today design discipline.’
In the picture the work of Irene Stracuzzi
This globe represents the growing world-wide influence of the Alibaba Group through the visualisation of geographic information relating to the company's production, logistics network, e-commerce sales and cloud infrastructure. Singar Inflatables Co. Ltd., Yantai (China) were commissioned via the Alibaba e-commerce platform create the inflatable globe, printed with data from Ali Research, an institute established by Alibaba in 2007 to publish statistics about the company's activities.