Let’s hide, transform and disguise ourselves! These could be the new keywords of the new world: where cities sprawl uncontrolled, identities and roles change in the most unexpected and surprising ways.
What will happen to the new “urban species”, those animals that have learnt to survive in mega cities by changing their diet, behaviours and even their liveries?
If the old biologic setting is no longer effective, if it is instead a hindrance. In man-made streets, alleys or backyards, it is nature itself that fosters change by triggering a new urban mimesis: fences, graffiti, concrete, railroad tracks and bricks…
As we reflected on the changes underway in the new world, we envisaged and then hand-designed small wall sculptures: a mark of affection, a fantasy whose roots possibly trace back to the common Disneyesque childhood; this is how I like to envisage these animals who live hidden among us as gentle guests who sneak furtively into the warmth of our homes.
Animalità curated by Silvana Annicchiarico
Triennale Design Museum and Bosa present ANIMAlità, an exhibition by Silvana Annicchiarico, with unseen works by Sam Baron, Matteo Cibic, GamFratesi, Jaime Hayon, Sebastian Herkner, Lanzavecchia+Wai, Minale-Maeda, Elena Salmistraro, Ionna Vautrin and Nika Zupanc, who were asked to create for the occasion a collection of apotropaic, playful and animist pieces of pottery playing with the subject of animal nature, as much literally as metaphorically and creatively. The project is part of a decade-long process of research that started with the cycle of exhibitions Le parole e le cose, created and curated by Silvana Annicchiarico, exploring the relations between names and designer items: three focuses on items with women’s names, items with animal names and shapes, and items with place names, respectively. So, Triennale Design Museum goes on in its reflections on bringing a physical as well as an objectual animal nature back into the tamed world. Such items are like affective prostheses: they exude nature in a place that is quintessentially cultural (architecture and living) and welcome the animal nature back as an item.