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Linking parts

Sunday 25 may 2014 > Sunday 24 august 2014

May 25 to August 24 2014
Aile Nord
Transnatural, art & design Label

The Amsterdam based Transnatural agency organizes events & represents the Label in which technology plays by the rules of nature.

Grand-Hornu Images and Transnatural make their aspirations converge to an approach made out of scientific rigor, aesthetic sensitivity and pleasure of discovering in an exhibition that intends to feed a reflection on contemporary art and design in their relationship with the technological, social and natural environment of today.

The "Linking Parts" exhibition offers the Grand Hornu’s visitors a chance to look at different kinds of collaboration and organization with artists, designers and scientists. These collaborations can lead to systems of combined cleverness. What happens if we throw the capabilities and features of humans, animals, plants and machines all together and consider them as possible parts of new entities? Without any rules and pre-occupations about where a new combination should fit in, we let these new entities lead their own course. New, smart entities are shaped by the combination of modern and classical components.

From microorganisms that degrade plastics into harmless material, machines that give suggestions during the design process or bee burrows made from city wood waste, to beautifully executed symbiosis between two fungal organisms that can turn man-made synthetic materials into harmless bio-mass. Photo luminescent skins developed to convert waste energy back into visible light, or even 3D printing combined together with organic growing material – the exhibition will present enchanting and daring new work; a dazzling experience for the senses and mind.

Works include a.o. Erik Klarenbeek’s Mycelium Chair, Jalila Essaidi’s 2.6g 329m/s (Bulletproof Skin), Maurizio Montalti ‘sSystem Synthetics, Mike Thompson and Gionata Gatto’s Trace Light, Tim van Comvoirt’s Thermophores and Studio 1:1’s Biological Clock.

Linking Parts is curated by Arjen Bangma in thematical editorial cooperation with Klaas Kuitenbrouwer.

Hors Pistes

Sunday 25 may 2014 > Sunday 17 august 2014

Centre d'innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu
Exhibitions 2014
Le Labo des Héritiers Linking parts Hors Pistes Tranches de vie Alvar Aalto
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