What to expect from “Broken Nature”, the XXII Triennale di Milano
From March 1 to September 1, 2019, the Triennale di Milano presents its XII International Exhibition, titled “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival”.
cover image: “Broken Nature”, Paola Antonelli at the June 19, 2018 symposium in Milan.
Photo Gianluca di Ioia
Curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of Research & Development at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the exhibition will investigate the (disconnected) relationship between humans and the natural environment.
In the Anthropocene, an epoch in which human activities are having an enormous and rapid impact on ecosystems – with dramatic effects on climate, water pollution, and air quality – we, as human beings, must take our responsibilities seriously.
The exhibition mission is fundamentally based on such “taking responsibility”, from which the concept of “restorative Design” originates. Restorative Design is an umbrella term comprising all projects aimed to repair and rebuild the connections between humans and ecosystems, whenever possible. A quite ambitious theme which will be explored by designers, artists, institutions, schools, organizations, and companies from all over the world.
The XII Triennale Exhibition will present a quite diverse ensemble of designs and research projects at all scales – from objects, buildings, and interfaces to infrastructures, communication, and urban design – suggesting feasible and concrete solutions to renew the deal between human species and nature, and expressing the ability of design “to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age”.
In addition to Paola Antonelli, the scientific committee of the XII Triennale is composed of Adam Bly, Rania Ghosn, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Gabriella Gómez- Mont, Jamer Hunt, Sarah Ichioka, Koyo Kouoh, Stefano Micelli, and Maholo Uchida.
As for the past editions – the Triennale di Milan exhibitions have been a regular occurrence since the 1920s (see our article “The International Exhibitions of the Triennale di Milano”) – the international design community has been invited to present the most advanced researches related to the theme of the exhibition.
The program of “Broken Nature” comprises thematic exhibitions, international participations, and symposia, the first of which was held at the Triennale in Milan on June 19, 2018, and the second in New York on June 19, 2018; the third symposium will be held at the Teatro dell’Arte in Milan on July 19, 2019.
Images from Instagram @broken_nature
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