Alexandre Humbert

Director / Conceptual Designer


with Tom Loois, Lucas Maassen and Angelique Spaninks
Dutch Design Week 2019

The Object is Absent is a radical experiment. It is a theatre, a concert, a cinema, a gym and an exhibition in one. It is a playful gathering to learn and do, by designers and everyone. The Object is Absent is a manifesto to dematerialize design by optimizing optimistic human behaviour. The world is changing rapidly. Powers are shifting and we have to develop new relations and values between people; people as objects, players and spectators. With The Object is Absent MU takes a radical step in that direction. The Object is Absent is a transmedia project constructed as an ever-evolving play, an action against the Action, a designers statement against materialist cheap abundance by creating value out of nothing. And so The Object is Absent, but the designers are present and so are their attitudes, their ideas, their bodies and minds. Especially in the context of Dutch Design Week The Object is Absent strives to avoid the physicality of the square meter stand, to give space back to people. By pushing this to the max The Object is Absent will be all about acting design, singing design, dancing design, while the objects themselves will only look in from the outside. It will be a leap towards an alternative and all inclusive sense of being, producing zero waste and a healthy and interesting lifestyle.


Concept, curation and realisation is in the hands of Alexandre Humbert, Tom Loois, Lucas Maassen and Angelique Spaninks

Participating designers:
Alexandre Humbert
Alvin Arthur
Andreas Refsgaard
Dorota Gazy & Peter Rombouts
Elise 't Hart & Nils Davidse
Giulia Soldati
Govert Flint
Ivi van Keulen
Louis De Belle
Lucas Maassen
Mark Henning
Marie Caye
Noud Sleumer
Rawad Baaklini
Thom van Rijckevorsel
Vivien Tauchmann
Woody Veneman

The Object is Absent was presented at MU artspace during Dutch Design Week 2019 (19th-27th October 2019)