Press Release — October 2012
IN Residence / Design Dialogues presents:
4th Landing . Mission Kortrijk
curated by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò
After the first three “terrestrial landings”- in Milan during the Fuorisalone, in Basel during Art Basel at Depot Basel and in Venice during the Venice Biennale – the collective exhibit ANOTHER TERRA is invited to participate in Ventura Interieur at Biennale Interieur 2012 in Kortrijk, Belgium.
The works shown in the exhibition are the result of a research accomplished by the selected designers in order to answer the following question: if by choice or by necessity, we had to envisage life on some other planet other than Earth, what kind of “minimal hand luggage” would we take with us on our journey to other galaxies or a different celestial body with acceptable living conditions for mankind?
This group exhibition provides the chance to think specifically about the way in which human beings are related to the objects around them, which they use on an everyday basis, probing into a radically different environmental context from that of our own everyday experience.
ANOTHER TERRA / Home Away from Home includes works by:
MAARTEN DE CEULAER
TOMÁŠ GABZDIL LIBERTINY
RAW-EDGES DESIGN STUDIO
ANOTHER TERRA: GENERAL THEME
On December 5th 2011 the NASA ground control crew for Mission Kepler confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting around the “inhabitable zone” of a star similar to the Sun.
Kepler-22b, the name of this planet located outside our solar system, is 600 light years from Earth, its diameter is 2.4 times bigger than the Earth and it can complete an entire orbit of its own Sun in 290 days. The average temperature of its surface is approximately 21°C and the general conditions and nature of the planet appear to be favourable for the emergence of life.
The Kepler telescope, which was launched in 2009 for the purpose of seeking out planets similar to Earth outside the solar system, has also identified a series of other “exo-planets” in addition to Kepler-22b, each of which is a “candidate” for being a “twin planet” to the one we live on.
The quest for and eventual discovery of a “Super Earth” – as astronomers call it – may be considered an époque-making event, as well as an extraordinary goal for space research in the world scientific community.
What kind of traits and properties would we expect of the only “accessory” we are allowed to have with us when landing on some New World for the first time?
How, and on what basis, would we select from all the “vital” things we feel to be universally “indispensable”? Would we prefer to have what we consider to be a useful “device” or, in other words, serving some specific function considered to be a priority or would we rather have something of great symbolic value, perhaps also with sentimental connotations?
And, what’s more, what kind of value or ideal should this constructed object actually embody? What kind of message should it convey? What kind of story might it tell?
And, lastly, if the objects surrounding us are, indeed, a substantial and materially significant part of the built environment, partly based on our experience living here on planet Earth, what kind of guidelines should we adopt for creating and as-of-yet uncontaminated habitat on the new planet? What kind of relationship – or balances – do we intend to create between this new natural setting and the artificial objects we employ?
BIENNALE INTERIEUR 2012
Buda Factory, second floor - Dam 2A
Kortrijk / Belgium
October 20th - 28th 2012
THE IN Residence PROJECT
IN Residence is a project that contributes to contemporary debate about design, proposing conversation as a privileged means of analysis and further study.
The project promotes design research through a set of closely correlated activities: an annual theme-oriented workshop, talks, exhibitions and a string of publications.
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