Sigve Knutson (Norway, 1991) obtained an MA in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016. He is now based in Oslo and has had several solo shows in cities like Milan, Athens, Beirut and Copenhagen. His practice is motivated by a fascination for the intuitive and raw rather than the smoothened and planned.
Audrey Large (France, 1994) is a designer based in the Netherlands. After graduating with Cum Laude from the Master Social Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2017, she joined the post-academic program of the Jan Van Eyck Academie (NL). In a context of exponential digitization, she positions her practice in an interdisciplinary form of design that uses digital cinema and image theory as a field of research to reconsider object design methodologies.
DUPARC CONTEMPORARY SUITES
A year-long project started with a residency in Turin, Italy, and culminated in the production of a collection of works and the publication of a monograph book on each designer.
“Nothing lasts like change”
Karl Ludwig Börne
“It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis”
Metamorphosis: a change in the form or nature of a material singularity that can be linked to an individual or other subject. Signs of metamorphosis are clues that anticipate or accompany transformations, changes in form and substance that help reshape, reformulate, and redefine that upon which they intervene. We analyze metamorphosis with the idea and the will to develop a potential mapping of the outcomes it produces but also to deepen – and perhaps reveal – some of the substantial reasons that determined it; recognizing the shifts that lead to the alteration of an original identity means participating in the process of change – sometimes imperceptible, in other cases radical – in order to be able to describe, define and perhaps understand it. The wonder and the enigma of metamorphosis concern the evolutionary or involutionary processes linked to the concept of change, but also of transience and even transfiguration, always dealing with what is animated, in movement, not in stasis: in extreme synthesis, metamorphosis concerns everything that exists and inhabits the world of our existence.
The residency program is inaugurated with a stay in Turin: a series of visits and meetings will give the opportunity to get in touch with the city, proposing some useful clues for a first definition of its identity profile; which of these can be connected to the concept of metamorphosis? Which signals
reveal most frequently and incisively the theme of change? How can the principles of “metamorphosis” or of “notify the change” be interpreted or represented – even in a symbolic key – by resorting to the art of design? According to which “artifacts” or “interpretative tools”? Using which primitive or advanced technologies?