Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rebecca Lewin, with Cristiana Perrella
Cambio is the result of the investigation by the duo of Italian designers Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin), on the political and ecological responsibilities of the timber industry. Cambio, from the medieval Latin cambium, means "change, exchange". The wood industry, which is extremely widespread around the world and thus difficult to regulate, began in the 19th century with the exploration for scientific and commercial ends of colonial territories and their biodiversity. It soon became one of the productive activities of greatest impact, in both economic and ecological terms. This multidisciplinary exhibition underlines the crucial role and responsibility of design with respect to the environment and the need for the discipline to get beyond its boundaries: through renewed understanding of the philosophy and politics of trees, the future of design can and must attempt to translate emerging environmental awareness with informed, collaborative responses. The exhibition, first presented and organized by Serpentine Galleries, is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rebecca Lewin in collaboration with Cristiana Perrella.
At Centro Pecci, the reflections arising from the research are also addressed by unusual juxtapositions from the Tuscan and Italian contexts, such as the long-term focus on trees of the artist Giuseppe Penone.
May 15– October 24 2021
On cover: Arboreto Pavari di Vallombrosa, courtesy Formafantasma, ©Margherita Villani
Si ringrazia Margaritelli Spa - Listone Giordano, Tessilfibre Spa, Fil.pa 1974 Snc per il contributo art bonus
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