Home Away from Home
2nd Landing – Mission Basel
2012 – BASEL (SWITZERLAND)
Craft & Scenography Exhibition 08, Depot Basel
“Another Terra – Home Away from Home” is a collective exhibition presenting a series of original works by the designers invited to the annual workshop, part of the IN Residence project, that since 2008 has been held in the unique location of the Du Parc Contemporary Suites in Turin (Italy).
The theme from which the exhibition concept has been inspired provides the chance to think specifically about the way in which human beings are related to the objects around them, which they use on an everyday basis, probing into a radically different environmental context from that of our own everyday experience.
If, by choice or by necessity, we had to envisage life on some other planet other than Earth, what kind of “minimal hand luggage” would we take with us on our journey to other galaxies or a different celestial body with acceptable living conditions for mankind? What kind of traits and properties would we expect of the only “accessory” we are allowed to have with us when landing on some New World for the first time?
Would we prefer to have what we consider to be a useful “device” or, in other words, serving some specific function considered to be a priority or would we rather have something of great symbolic value, perhaps also with sentimental connotations? And, what’s more, what kind of value or ideal should this constructed object actually embody? What kind of message should it convey? What kind of story might it tell?
The installation project for the exhibition will involve displaying the individual works through a sequence of “capsules”, which, in accordance with what the basic concept evokes, ought to represent the vectors by means of which the objects are packed and sent off to the new planet.