May Contain Traces of Forest

09.06.2023 > 15.12.2023

curated by Elisabetta Donati de Conti and Giorgio Vacchiano
Circolo del Design, Turin

The story of scientific research in forestry is intertwined, in this exhibition, with that of experimentation, conception and production in the design field, offering a glimpse into the dense, capillary and pervasive system of relationships that links human civilizations to forest ecosystems - to be observed and reinterpreted with ever new methods, languages and transformative practices.
From everyday artifacts to innovative material experiments in the industrial field, from pioneering initiatives by emerging designers to poetic - and sometimes political - stories by designers who have thoroughly studied their context of intervention, to the wonder-rich discoveries of the science world, from the micro to the macro scale. Through these multiple approaches, scientific research and design return some of the possible perspectives on how to reconcile the use and conservation of ecosystems, while, at the same time, carrying out evidence of overcoming nature-culture dualism. Approaches made of attempts, experiments and multidirectional explorations, which can push us to feel ourselves as an active part of the complex system of relationships in the forest ecosystem, mediated by objects and material production.

ph © Vittorio Iandolino

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