A transition defines the process of changing from one system, method or condition to another: something decomposes, collapses, gets dismantled, transforms, grows or progresses. Our world is on the verge of transition in almost all its facets. We are facing an increasing scarcity of resources, environmental pollution, a changing climate, demographic growth, new technologies, changing economies… The vastness of these developments require considerate and collaborative strategies.
The exhibition ‘Transitions’ proposes an exploration of design and its influence on the fundamental preoccupations of today’s increasingly fragmented society through the projects of five Brussels-based design practices. Some of the projects are holistic whilst others focus on small but significant details within the bigger whole. They question systems and structures from the bottom up, which allows them to interact in new ways with today’s needs: redefining waste by reusing wasted matter, creating systems for more democratic and environmentally friendly ways to design or new methods of produc-tion and interaction with heritage and craftsmanship. They use, conceive and define new tools, team up with scientists, researchers and craftsmen alike. Such approaches redefine the spheres in which design operates to a much broader spectrum. Design is not a one-manshow, not one object, not one solution.
Transitions is curated by our MAD residents, Studio Plastique.
The expo is initiated by MAD, Home of Creators and powered by hub.brussels.
17.10.2020 – 25.10. 2020
Transitions - Virtual presentation on the digital platform of DDW.nl
17.10.2020 – 17.01.2021
Transitions - Physical exhibition at MAD, Home of Creators
26.11.2020 - 7 pm
Digital opening & talk - Re-watch it here!
Amandine David - Crossing Parallels
Traditional handicraft and digital craft can be perceived as incompatible and rather opposed at first glance. By conducting material research at the crossroads between the two, Crossing Parallels aims to contribute to a more nuanced definition of craft as collaborative practice. The project explores the interaction between the basketry technique of hand coiling and 3D-printing. Both techniques build objects through the same construction principle: laying one filament—whether natural fibre or melted plastic—on top of another.
In collaboration with Esmé Hofman, basket weaving master and Joris Van Tubergen, 3D-printing artisan.
Check out the website of Amandine David here!
Resortecs – Smart stitch
The production and distribution of resources and garments as well as the considerable overproduction make the fashion industry one of the most polluting industries in the world. Zippers, buttons and the combination of different textile materials make garment disassembly and fabric recycling both costly and time consuming as it calls for manual assistance. Resortecs® intervenes in the traditional processes of the fashion industry by exchanging the conventional stitching thread with thread that dissolves at 160-200°C. Clothes that use Resortecs® threads can be worn, washed and ironed as usual – the difference only appears when a piece of clothing is sent for repair or recycling. The technology simplifies recycling and circular resource management in the fashion industry and aims to become an industry standard.
Check out the website of Resortecs here!
Rotor DC is tackling the mismanagement of resources in the construction industry by developing infrastructures and systems for the recycling of construction materials when a building is demolished or renovated. The company helps transition building materials, fixtures and furnishings into a new cycle by dismantling, conditioning and retailing. The team also provides assistance to building owners, contractors and architects on the subject.
Check out the website of Rotor DC here!
Open Structures considers a modular environment based on a shared geometrical grid which allows to design, scale, personalise and think creatively on every level. Interchangeable parts and adaptable sizes enable not only infinitive possibilities of sustainable building and repair but also support sharing knowledge within a connected, collaborative community. OS allows to build things together at a moment in time, where anyone is connected to everyone and everything can be produced everywhere.
Check out the website of Open Structures here!
Studio Plastique – Common sands
Natural silica sand – a resource standing under increasing pressure – is transformed to produce a range of high and low tech materials such as silicon and glass. These materials are fundamental in the design of most electronic devices, making them an essential pillar of contemporary culture. They are however rarely recycled. Common Sands investigates glass residues from electronic waste as a commodity for new applications. The studio creates a new value for this waste glass by using the unique colours and working properties as an opportunity.
Check out the website of Studio Plastique here!