Formafantasma: Cambio

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

4 Mar 2020 to 17 May 2020

Formafantasma:
Cambio

Admission Free

Formafantasma are an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam. Their work looks at design's ecological and political responsibilities, while probing the global industries that consume natural resources.

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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.

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On the occasion of Cambio, their major new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, Formafantasma will be in conversation with curator Rebecca Lewin to discuss the research and development of the project, as well as the designers’ practice. Presented in collaboration with Inside/Out lecture series, Royal College of Art.

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Formafantasma, Cambio – Serpentine Galleries, 2019. Val di Fiemme, Italy 2019. Photo Credit: C41 Productions
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Formafantasma, Cambio – Serpentine Galleries, 2019. Thuenen Institute (Centre of Competence). Hamburg, Germany, 2019. Photo Credit: Johanna Seelemann

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Formafantasma, Charcoal, 2012. Image (C) Formafantasma 2019, courtesy of Formafantasma. Photo: Luisa Zanzini

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Microscopic views of Cyanobacteria. Image (C) Formafantasma 2019, courtesy of Formafantasma
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Formafantasma, Cambio – Serpentine Galleries, 2019. Thuenen Institute (Centre of Competence). Hamburg, Germany, 2019. Photo Credit: Johanna Seelemann

Formafantasma, Charcoal 1

Formafantasma, Charcoal, 2012. Image (C) Formafantasma 2019, courtesy of Formafantasma. Photo: Luisa Zanzini

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13_ Formafantasma, Cambio – Serpentine Galleries, 2019. Tropenbos Colombia (Museo de la Madera). Bogota, Colombia. 2019. Photo Credit: Simon Ballen