Curatorial programme by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Richard Venlet & Joris Kritis
SILVER LINING - INTERIORS
2016 is a milestone in the history of the Biennale Interieur. It is our 25th edition – a cause for celebration! To ensure that our festive edition runs smoothly we approached the architecture firm OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen. They partnered with visual artist Richard Venlet and graphic designer Joris Kritis and together conceived the theme for this edition, ‘SILVER LINING – INTERIORS’, and its programme. In doing this they pay homage to the 25th silver edition of the Biennale Interieur. The subtitle ‘INTERIORS’ demonstrates the event’s potential to address the possibilities of the ‘designed space’.
Central to INTERIORS, installations that will be spread over various halls, is the idea that furniture and objects are not isolated items; they are always part of the organised space. With INTERIORS, the curators will attempt to offer a new understanding of objects in their context instead of the objects being consumed as autonomous trophies. We spend most of our lives in designed environments surrounded by objects, but are they sufficiently appreciated as part of a wider whole?
International guests have been invited by the curatorial team to create these INTERIORS, which will be spread throughout the exhibition halls of Kortrijk Xpo. They will be linked by a festive SILVER LINING structure that is hanging from the ceiling and guiding the visitors.
Internationally renowned Swiss curator Moritz Küng brings a new interpretation of his ‘Schöner Wohnen’ project that was first presented in the art space BE-PART ten years ago.
The office of Swiss-French architect Philippe Rahm focuses on ‘meteorological design’. He creates environments that are based on meteorological and physiological elements, and uses light, temperature, humidity and pressure to achieve a heightened sensory involvement.
The architectural firm Johnston MarkLee and designer Jonathan Olivares – both based in Los Angeles – will also join forces to approach the interior from a new angle. They each in their own way shape the modern face of LA after all.
American designer and architect Jonathan Muecke has evolved a design practice that resists standard divisions between design, art and architecture, instead focusing on refined forms that investigate notions of positive and negative space, positional relationships to structures and the innate desire to read notions of functionality into objects that relate to human scale.
Swiss architects and designers Trix & Robert Haussmann have been active for more than 40 years. In their work they seek new developments in existing applications, both in architec-ture and the design of objects. This often results in innovative interpretations combined with humour and self-mockery. They have made over 650 creations and are often acknowledged as the most important architects, designers and theorists of their time. The Swiss curators STUDIOLO – Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen interpreted their work in a publication and film.
The Solo House project by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen will be the subject of one of the Interior presentations. Solo Houses are a series of architectural holiday ho- mes at a large estate in Spain. Designer duo Muller Van Severen, visual artist Richard Venlet and artist Pieter Vermeersch will also contribute to this Interior.
Images: INTERIOR Solo House © Piet-Albert Goethals
More information on the curators & bios of the international ‘Interiors’ guests can be found in 'Bios and Images' at the top of the press page.
Furthermore, a series of renowned international galleries have been invited to reflect on the contemporary interior.
GENERATIONS is an exhibition of highlights of design history from 1968 to today, selected by the curatorial team of INTERIEUR 2016. The exhibition gives a personal view on a half-decade of design history, a confrontation between generations – harmonious at times, but often contradictory. The chosen pieces can be seen as time capsules, not only capturing the area in which they were designed, but also reflecting on how documenting and organizing was conceived over the years. Including work by designers and architects as Maarten Van Severen, Jean Nouvel, Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi and Pieter De Bruyne a.o.
With thanks to Design museum Ghent, Poltronova, Lensvelt & Edra