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Studio Formafantasma at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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Time 10:00
Date 04/03/20
Price Free

The Italian design duo, Studio Formafantasma's work looks at design's ecological and political responsibilities, while probing the global industries that consume natural resources.

Wednesday 04 March - Sunday 17 May 2020, 10:00 - 18:00.

This project opens a new chapter in the Serpentine's programme, embracing radical approaches to design and developing a platform for practitioners who operate between the traditional disciplines of design, contemporary art, and research. Formafantasma's project for the Serpentine puts into question the role that design can play in translating emerging environmental awareness into informed, collaborative responses. Specifically, it will focus on forestry practices and production strategies surrounding wood and wood products. The industry's tentacular supply chain has grown out of the bioprospecting that took place throughout colonial territories during the nineteenth century, and has affected the entire biosphere.

Formafantasma's practice is characterised by experimental material investigations and detailed explorations of the history, context and implications of the transformation of natural resources into commodities. This project seeks connections with science, conservation, engineering and policymaking, adopting a pioneering multidisciplinary approach to contemporary design.