Biennale Interieur 2014: Preview 16.06.14

  • Minale Maeda's Keystones Table

  • Minale Maeda's Keystones Table

  • Minale Maeda's Keystones Table

  • Tsuyoshi Hayashi's Kawara Bench

  • Phytophiler planting series by Gianluca Giabardo

Joseph Grima has curated a series of micro exhibitions contemplating domesticity in the digital age, continuing the Belgian design event’s shift in emphasis from commerce to culture

Last Wednesday, curator Joseph Grima announced his plans for the cultural programme at Belgian design event Biennale Interieur (17-26 October, Kortrijk).

Since Lowie Vermeersch’s direction of the biannual trade fair, the event has seen an ambitious shift from purely commercial to more cultural aims. While it's not clear yet how comfortably the culture will sit alongside the commerce, Grima’s involvement is a clear effort to bring an intellectual edge to the show's offering.

Titled “The Home Does Not Exist”, the programme is a series of micro exhibitions that provoke thought about domesticity in the digital age. The networked home, the sharing of domestic imagery through Twitter and Pinterest and the emergence of a sharing economy through Airbnb will all be speculated upon as indications of the changing relationship between us and our homes.

Other aspects of the biennale have already begun, with Minale Maeda's Keystones Table having been chosen as the winner of the grand prize in the Interieur Awards’ “Objects” category.

The table is made of parts connected by a single 3D-printed component, making the design easy to dismantle and transport. Other notable winners include Tsuyoshi Hayashi’s Kawara Bench, made from discarded roof tiles, and the Phytophiler planting series by Gianluca Giabardo.

Also part of October’s show is an installation by London-based Studio Glithero for Kortrijk’s soon-to-be-closed Broel Museum. Based on the Victorian illusion Pepper’s Ghost, the work is a response to the removal of the museum’s historic artefacts.

 

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Riya Patel

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The networked home, the sharing of domestic imagery through Twitter and Pinterest and the emergence of a sharing economy through Airbnb will all be speculated upon as indications of the changing relationship between us and our homes

2 comments

  • Comment Link Editor Friday, 20 June 2014 16:57 posted by Editor

    I think the point is that most people -- wrongly or rightly -- will think of Interieur as a trade fair first, and the ambition of the agenda for this year is bringing its cultural aspects (and history) to greater attention. That's a good thing.

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  • Comment Link chris meplon Friday, 20 June 2014 13:25 posted by chris meplon

    Dear editors,
    With all due respect to Lowie Vermeersch, claiming that Interieur Kortrijk has been "purely commercial" before his arrival is stretching things a little bit. Ever heard about "purely commercial " guys like Marc Dubois, Max Borka, Geert Bekaert, Andrea Branzi? Apparently, historical awareness is not very important in the new cultural-intellectual awakening...??

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