Swedish Per Emanuelsson and German Bastian Bischoff met while studying in Gothenburg, Sweden. A year later, in 2009, they established Humans since 1982. Since then, the duo’s work has been exhibited worldwide at leading galleries, fairs and institutions.
Everything Humans since 1982 do – whether it’s installations, sculptures or something else – is characterised by the way they put iconic objects and strong symbols in a new context and give them a new function.
“Instead of using technology as a tool for efficiency, we give the objects a more poetic function. We free them from their functional role”, says Per.
So, exploring the relationship between functional design and art, as in IKEA Art Event 2021, is nothing new for Humans since 1982. “The more we’ve explored functional design, the more we’ve realised how unnecessary the line between design and art is. To us, humans are incapable of producing something that has no function”, says Bastian.