Selection of shows from Ventura Lambrate, Eindhoven Academy, Food Factory, Zuiderzee Museum, Brain Manufacturing, Chips competition,La Rinascenta, Dog parade, Light is Time, Triennale, Italian Design Icons
12 May 2014
Dieneke Ferguson and Manuel Ruiz-Adame
On Friday it was on to the Ventura Lambrate. Far but easy to get to with the Green Line.
Relatively far from Lambrate underground station, but the Dutch organise a set of shuttles which make round trips from the underground station to the exhibition venues.
This definitely has become the area for colleges and young design collectives to show their work, particularly from Holland. It also includes the Eindhoven Academy whose work always challenges for me what design is about. This year their show was called Self-UNself – the creation of a public square where objects and issues meet. And the focus was on the socially responsible.
Next to the Eindhoven Academy was a stunning exhibition organised by the Zuiderzee Museum.
A unique collaboration between the Zuiderzee Museum and Textiel Museum led to a project by design duo Glithero. They used the pattern of an organ punch card as input for a loom. With as result a short film that shows a moment in the lives of two craftsmen, different fabrics with musical patterns, and a fabric showcasing the beauty of the punch cards and their abstract pattern of holes.
Entering the Eindhoven Academy exhibition there was a Secret Cookie Factory. You had to write down a secret, that then goes into a cookie. The cookie you get has someone else’s secret. Great fun!
Manuel’s attention was captured by a set of products which have been designed with the objective of making people to interact. German designers, Stephanie Brenken and Viola Kressmann, have created a range of interactive products like a seating arrangements, called “SHIFT”, which combine the principle of the see-saw with the subject of pressure such that if one person sits down, the air is pressed into the other cubes, which rise and thus, all seats interact. A lighted wall panel, called “TU LUZ” (Spanish, which means Your Light) attempting to bring the fascination of light and interaction into the private context in which each element consists of a large number of individually operating switches, facilitating light in a large variety of positions, each individual square can be tilted to project the light upwards or downwards, creating different lighting which, may I say, please any state of mood? www.interactiveobjectives.iamainz.de
Merel Bekking, Brain Manufacturing – design based on brain activity. Merel Bekking worked together with the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging Amsterdam and Neuroscientist Steven Scholte to look inside the brains of 20 participants. This led to the formula of the “perfect” design. Is it really? Whatever our reservations This experiment drew my attention. Definitely interesting. I spoke to this Dutch designer and asked her how she had conducted the experiments. In short, the brains of 20 people were MRI scanned. Results. What they said to be of their taste, it was not so happening inside their brains. Puzzled? It is simple and deep. The explanation may seem a paradoxical dichotomy. To a lesser or greater extent the social system influences what you express. Whereas your brain remains intact. For instance, you may say I like wooden objects. But in reality what you prefer is plastic combined with wood. www.merelbekking.nl
In addition to the shows there was much emphasis on food. There was Dutch Chips and a Chips competition was held to peel the potatoes as quickly as possible. Very handy to for the chippies to get their potatoes ready for the chips.
The nice thing in Milan is that, wherever you go, you find exhibitions without actually looking for them. Sisley near the San Babila underground had ceramic sculptures of dogs in the shop windows. Called Dog Parade. Dog Parade consists of fifty full-size sculptures that represent dogs of different breeds. All of them are made of ceramic and painted by hand. The work was done by the Portuguese artist Mariana Fernandes, illustrator and graphic designer that was in Fabrica
“The Rinascenta in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery showed@ In a state of Repair: a unique collaboration between designer Martino Gamper, La Rinascenta and the Serpentine. had outside of the windows . Outside of the 8 store front windows there were different categories of objects including accessories, shoes, books, toys, etc as they undergo processes of repair. Members of the public were invited to bring their broken objects.
Downstairs in their design section was lovely work as well as a display of Spanish Designers. I also spotted Aarevalo’s Kakkoii speakers which we sell on our E-Shop
There wasn’t much time left any more on the Saturday. We had not seen everything we wanted – but in the end I settled for the Triennale which was doable in the time left.
Light is Time, Citizen
A beautiful display made up of countless tiny watch components which explores the relationship between light and time
Italian Design Icons
This consisted of a group of icons from the permanent Collection of the Museum, enriched by a selection by Italian Design Masters, asked to indicate the essential and indispensable works for them in the history of Italian design.