Basse Stittgen took part in our inaugural Fellowship Program launched in September 2020 focusing on the theme "Farming Materials' Ecologies" led by dieDAS Artistic Director Maurizio Montalti.
Stittgen's work tackles the development, potential application, and symbolic meaning of unexpected biomaterials. He transforms discarded materials and waste from production processes into aesthetically pleasing design objects.
His mirror "12 tiles" from his 2021 series "Blood Related" focuses our attention on the slaughter industry, which is one of the most resource-intensive industries today. The work's reflective surface was produced by a heat-pressing process that Stittgen developed and it is made out of 100% discarded cow blood.
Seeing ourselves mirrored in them invites us to reconsider our role in this system.
Born in 1990 in Hannover, Basse attended the University of Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung) Schwäbisch Gmund, earning a bachelor's degree in Product Design in 2015. He went on to study Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven, graduating with a master's degree in 2017. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
© Photo Basse Stittgen / Pinakothek der Moderne