EDITOR’S NOTE: The film Visual Essay tells the story of Ore Streams, tracing the movement of minerals through time and space—from planet formation and asteroids to the core and mantle of the earth, excavated from underground mines for millennia and now mined again from the surface of the Earth. As a visual essay, the film draws connections between the physical materiality and processing of natural resources and the abstract yet pervasive conditions of exploitation, colonialism, and consumerism. Ore Streams, by design duo Studio Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin), is one of the four directly commissioned works featured in the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature. You can read more about it here.
The XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, highlights the concept of restorative design and studies the state of the threads that connect humans to their natural environments––some frayed, others altogether severed. In exploring architecture and design objects and concepts at all scales and in all materials, Broken Nature celebrates design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age, moving beyond pious deference and inconclusive anxiety. By turning its attention to human existence and persistence, the XXII Triennale will promote the importance of creative practices in surveying our species’ bonds with the complex systems in the world, and designing reparations when necessary, through objects, concepts, and new systems. Even to those who believe that the human species is inevitably going to become extinct at some point in the (near? far?) future, design presents the means to plan a more elegant ending. It can ensure that the next dominant species will remember us with a modicum of respect: as dignified and caring, if not intelligent, beings.
Broken Nature is composed of a thematic exhibition and a number of international participations solicited through official channels. It will run from March 1 to September 1, 2019.
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