At the XXII Triennale di Milano the exhibition-event “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” was held. An in-depth investigation curated by Paola Antonelli on the bonds shared by human beings and natural environment.
As everybody knows, the bons mentioned in the title have been thoroughly compromised, if not broken. We are looking for a way to fix them and one could be the design. How is that possible? Firstly, it shoud be recalled that now this concept embraces different realities, from architecture to data display, from biodesign to urban planning and so on. In our newsletter we usually talk about some of these aspects, also on the occasion of exhibitions like the Salone del Mobile. But here there is an effort to sum up all these design forms that often confront the big and current issue of environment. Hence, design can become a fixing tool, as the presentation of Broken Nature points out. It can also become a teaching aid, we dare to say after visiting the exhibition, because the designers can push people to act more responsibly towards Nature. Obviously, it is really difficult to show the Design-Nature combination in full details: we had to visit the exhibition several times in order to see all the material on show. The show was international and for a long time almost the entire exhibition space at the Triennale have been taken by this event. In order to rend such a big issue more useable, four sections have been organized, each of them dealing with a different aspect of the Nature -Design approach (with some digressions, as we will see). There were a thematic exhibtion showing four works specially commissioned from international designers; the installation Great Animal Orchestra; the exhibition The Nation of Plants and a special section displaying twenty-two international works about Art and Nature, coming from a number of different countries. It is hard to tell about each of these sections, so we chose one of them -The Nation of Plants – and will talk about it in the next issue.