What happens when design and violence collide? How can an act of creative destruction surprise us with consequences both intended and unintended? It’s time to reflect on these topics but also look to the future and ask what happens when creativity, art and engineering mix with power, pain and politics. 

DESIGN AND VIOLENCE is an exhibition developed in co-production by MoMA and Science Gallery Dublin, continuing an online curatorial experiment originally hosted by MoMA. It explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society and will features works from the original curatorial selection alongside new works and artefacts.


In DESIGN AND VIOLENCE, we draw connections between places near and far, between our everyday actions and their causes and consequences, and show how violence and design can act both for and against power and the realisation of social change.  



Themes Explored


  • Technology
  • Psychology
  • War
  • Design
  • Society  

Visitor Experience 

Design is something this exhibition finds in many places. The visitor learns that design can be located in the most ubiquitous, ordinary actions and things around us. The exhibition identifies both the forces that help shape design, and the effects designed objects and systems have on our everyday lives. Here, too, we pay attention to unintended consequences, and to the fact that while design can do good, it can also be used to do bad things well.  

Scroll around the 360° tour of DESIGN AND VIOLENCE below, shot when it was exhibited at Science Gallery Dublin.


The DESIGN AND VIOLENCE microsite has detailed information about all of the DESIGN AND VIOLENCE exhibits from the Dublin showing.  

Curated by an expert multidisciplinary team

A curatorial team consisting of designers, artists and researchers selected 56 objects and project which best fit with the overall vision of DESIGN AND VIOLENCE and the key concepts we wished to explore. It features works from the original online curatorial selection, the DESIGN AND VIOLENCE book, plus new curatorial additions to the exhibition. The curators of DESIGN AND VIOLENCE were:

  • Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design, and Director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
  • Jamer Hunt, Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons The New School for Design
  • Ralph Borland, artist, curator and researcher
  • Ian Brunswick, Head of Programming, Science Gallery Dublin
  • Lynn Scarff, Director, Science Gallery Dublin  

What you'll need

  • Footprint: ~4500 sq. ft.
  • Ceiling height: Minimum 10ft.
  • Environment: 65-68°f / 18-20°c
  • Dwell time: Approximately 1 hour
  • Power needs: c.30 amps
  • Set up time: ~8 days
  • Take down time: ~6 days
  • Delivery / pick up time: ~2 hours
  • Science Gallery team supplied: 2 x techs, 2 x art handlers/assistants
  • Venue needs for set up/take down: 2 x techs/riggers, 2 x assistants, access to wood and/or metal shop
  • Equipment: Fork lift, pallet jacks, wheel boards
  • Gallery: Lighting and rig

Want to know more?

Get in touch with Sarah Durcan, who is happy to help you with your enquiry or supply you with more details about any of our exhibitions. Talk to Sarah at international@sciencegallery.com