Materials and making for our supernatural future
Dutch Invertuals x FranklinTill
Humankind used to take the materials of nature offered and make them into something new. Now, there’s a new stage in the cycle, as nature takes human materials and transforms them once more. The making materials of today become the mined resources of tomorrow. Plastics are written into the fossil record. Industrial waste streams decay into intriguing new substances. We have entered the Anthropocene era – a new geological age where human making has realigned the processes of nature, forever blurring the boundaries between the natural and the man-made.
Experimental design collective Dutch Invertuals are collaborating with FranklinTill on Mutant Matter – an exhibition of radical design concepts and investigations into possibilities of our new material future.
‘Geologically speaking, the fruits of the Anthropocene are yet to be witnessed. However, the acceleration of human industry has already made irreversible and permanent changes to the planet, to the point that artificial geological phenomena are being documented worldwide. As a result, designers are beginning to consider not only the complications caused by these vast ecological changes, but also the potential.’ – Caroline Till, FranklinTill
Showing at Veemgebouw in Eindhoven, Mutant Matter marks Dutch Invertuals’ 19th appearance at the Dutch Design Week, and one of the most progressive and intriguing shows on this year’s programme. Bringing together two of the most dynamic and forward-thinking organisations in contemporary global design, the exhibition proposes not just a new collection, but entirely new ways of thinking about what making means in the modern world.
‘Radical Matter inspire us to observe the drastic evolution of materials. We offer our joint vision on a small chapter of this broad and socially involved topic. By envisaging and questioning material innovation we hope to make a real difference on a deeper level.’ – Wendy Plomp, Dutch Invertuals
For Mutant Matter, 10 Dutch Invertuals designers each present a vision of how the evolution and mutation of materials might be harnessed to bring about a more livable future. Works include entirely new materials and revaluations of old ones, experiments with recycled objects and repurposed waste streams, and radical new methods of making and thinking about design.
As part of the exhibition Mutant Matter FranklinTill are curating a series of talks exploring our current and future relationship with materials and the role of materiality in design.
For more information about Mutant Matter, Dutch Invertuals, FranklinTill or the Radical Matter book, please contact;
Dorothy Bourne at dorothy@Zetteler.co.uk or on +44 (0)7939 200519.
Guusje Heesakkers at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +31 (0)611235350
Saturday 20 October till Sunday 28 October
Daily 11:00 – 18:00 H
Veem, floor 3,
Talks at the Veem by Franklin Till
Wednesday 25 October, 11:30H
Carlo Lorenzetti, Fransje Gimbrère, Léa Baert, Mirjam de Bruijn, Onno Adriaanse, Roxane Lahidji, Théophile Blandet, Thomas Ballouhey, Xandra van der Eijk, ZwartFrame.