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Katrin Baumgarten

MA work

The Aesthetics of Disgust

‘The revolting object exerts a certain “macabre attraction” over the subject, leading to a peculiar absorption in the object and lending a magnetism to this aversion.’

Aurel Kolnai

The power of disgust affects us in every aspect of our life. Disgust shocks, entertains and sears itself into memory.

By introducing the aesthetics of disgust as a tool for design, one can intensify the user and object relationship through creating paradoxical emotions, going beyond practicality and functionality.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2010

  • The Aesthetics of Disgust

    ‘The revolting object exerts a certain “macabre attraction” over the subject, leading to a peculiar absorption in the object and lending a magnetism to this aversion.’

    Aurel Kolnai

    The power of disgust affects us in every aspect of our life. Disgust shocks, entertains and sears itself into memory.

    By introducing the aesthetics of disgust as a tool for design, one can intensify the user and object relationship through creating paradoxical emotions, going beyond practicality and functionality.

  • Degrees

  • BA, Industrial Design, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel, Germany, 2008
  • Experience

  • Industrial design internship, Sebastian Büscher Desgin, Gütersloh, Germany, 2005; Industrial design internship, Budde Design, Münster, Germany, 2006; Design internship, Jamy young and Associates, Shanghai China, 2007
  • Exhibitions

  • Einblick Ausblick, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel, 2008
  • Awards

  • Nominated, Product Design, D&AD Student Award, 2010