About the studio

2008-2010 | The beginning

Studio founders Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff make their Humans since 1982 debut at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in 2008. The project, entitled Surveillance Light, is well-received not only in the art and design press, but also in political blogs and magazines. The media exposure brings Humans since 1982 and Brussels-based gallery Victor Hunt together.

As part of their Master’s graduation thesis at the School of Design and Crafts (HDK) Gothenburg, Emanuelsson and Bischoff develop their Celebrating the cross and The Clock Clock projects. While the former polarizes journalists and readers of religious and political blogs, the latter garners widespread critical acclaim. Humans since 1982 receive a price for the best graduation work at HDK and are selected for the Wallpaper Graduate Directory. Li Edelkoort nominates Humans since 1982 for the Talent from Designhuis collection, showcasing Celebrating the cross along with the finest of Europe’s graduate talent.

2010 | Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery London

The Clock Clock is exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery London, where Emanuelsson and Bischoff’s partnership with the Phillips de Pury auction house and gallery begins. Humans since 1982 develops commission work for institutions and corporations such as The Sacred World Foundation in New Delhi and House of Purple, Seoul. The studio starts working on new limited editions such as The Clock Clock White and Hair clip on Hair.

2011 | Humans since 1982 catch curators’ attentions

The studio takes part at group exhibitions and conferences at Villa Empain (Boghossian Foundation) Brussels, EcoDesign Habitare in Helsinki (curated by Konstantin Grcic), Triennale Design Museum Milan and Musée International d’horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and takes on a commission for The Royal London Hospital. The 21c Museum in Louisville adds The Clock Clock to its permanent collection. Humans since 1982 completes a new series of light sculptures, including Collection of Light, Surveillance Chandelier and Surveillance Light Single to be presented at the Phillips de Pury pop-up galleries in London and New York.

2012 | Form Follows Fascination

The first solo Humans since 1982 exhibition – entitled Form Follows Fascination – is held at the Victor Hunt Gallery in Brussels. Most of the studio’s work then travels under the auspices of the Victor Hunt Gallery to the Design Miami/Basel fair, and later to a large group show (“Triumvirate”) in New York where it is presented alongside work from Nendo and Faye Toogood at the Phillips de Pury flagship gallery in Manhattan. Musée International d'horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds acquires The Clock Clock for its permanent collection. The studio creates a new LED-based light sculpture called Light on Ground.

2013 | Presentation of the first A million Times installation at Design Days Dubai

Humans since 1982 creates the A million times entrance piece for the Design Days Dubai fair and Victor Hunt Gallery. Several group shows follow – Cafa Art Centre in Beijing (“O’Clock”); Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (“Lightopia”); Lebenson Gallery Paris; Power Station of Art Museum in Shanghai; and at Museum Boijmans Rotterdam. Later, Humans since 1982 exhibits at fairs in Dubai (Design Days Dubai), Basel (Design Miami), Brussels (Art Brussels and Design September), Miami (Design Miami) and Paris (Cutlog). In addition to A million times, the studio develops new work such as Light Line, Light Culture (both light sculptures) and 6at6 (kinetic installation).

Humans since 1982 creates commissioned work for the luxury group LVMH and starts to develop further customized pieces for the Firmdale Hotel and the new Fendi store in Bond Street, both in London. The last edition of Clock Clock White is sold for EUR 33,000 to an influential art collector in Russia.

2014 | Humans since 1982 in the art market

Humans since 1982 present new variations of the A million times, Light Line and Light Culture projects at Design Days Dubai, Collective Design Fair New York and Design Miami/Basel. Further, the studio contributes work to group exhibitions at Hotel Droog in Amsterdam, MUDAM Luxembourg and Espace Fondation EDF in Paris.

Prices for works by Humans since 1982 continues to rise: the highest achieved sales price for an artwork by Humans since 1982 so far – EUR 250 000 for a variation of the A million times installation – is reached following an acquisition by a Lebanese collector, via Victor Hunt Gallery. The studio finalizes the customized works for its London clients Fendi and the Firmdale Hotel. On April 3, The National in Abu Dhabi reports the sale of a Clock Clock White on the secondary market for EUR 55 000 .

The prestigious 21_21 Design Sight museum in Tokyo invites Humans since 1982 to take part in an exhibition called The Fab Mind, where Emanuelsson and Bischoff meet the museum’s director and fashion designer Issey Miyake. Humans since 1982 increases its activities in the fine art market by starting partnerships with two art galleries – Dillon Gallery in New York and Volte in Mumbai. These alliances provide exposure at the studio’s first major art fair at Art Miami (with Dillon Gallery) where the first circular A million times installation (AMT61c) is shown. Parallel to Art Miami, the studio’s work is also shown at Design Miami, as part of the Victor Hunt Gallery stand.

2015 | First art fair in Asia and collaboration with Audi

Forbes proclaims Humans since 1982 to be “two of the most exciting young designers to come out of Sweden”. The studio continues its activities in the Fine Art sector, and is introduced to the Asian art market at India Art Fair in New Delhi (with Volte Gallery).The first version of A million times to use the Corian material is presented at Art15 in London (with Dillon Gallery). In June, the studio shows several works at the Design Miami fair in Basel within the Victor Hunt Gallery stand.

Studio founders Emanuelsson and Bischoff travel to Singapore to meet with art collectors and institutions. Singapore and the Middle East become increasingly important markets for the studio. The group show Telling Time at MUDAC Lausanne features one of the earlier variations of The Clock Clock.

Humans Since 1982 succeeds Konstantin Grcic as installation designer for the Audi booth at Design Miami. The studio develops a mixed media installation that includes three oversized spotlights with video projections. Dillon Gallery shows Humans since 1982 work at Art Southampton in July, and for the second time at Art Miami in December. Victor Hunt Gallery exhibits the first marble version of the A million times project at Design Miami. The Humans since 1982 studio grows with the team size rising from five to nine persons.

2016 | Humans since 1982 in New York

Humans since 1982 show several light sculptures and three kinetic installations in their solo exhibition “Emergence Room” at Dillon Gallery in New York. Parallely the prototype of A million Times is exhibited in a group show at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (also New York).

Further group exhibitions follow at Technisches Museum Vienna and MUDAC Lausanne. Victor Hunt Gallery shows selected work of Humans since 1982 at the fair Design Days Dubai and Design Miami/Basel. Audi presents the studios mixed media installation “Spotlights” in conjunction with Art Basel Hong Kong.

Kate MacGarry Gallery starts to represent Humans since 1982 in London as the first UK based gallery of the studio, starting with a small group show including a white A million Times installation.

Humans since 1982 create an installation for the permanent collection of the new Contemporary Art Center PLATFORM L in Seoul.

Please find full exhibition list here