ARTS THREAD visits The Shepherds of Stuff by The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) at Zona Tontona in Milan, focusing on the shifting attitudes to the concept of nature and its interactions with an environment that is mostly man-made.
Jurema Action Plant by Ivan Henriques creates a graphic demonstration of nature’s senses through his understanding of the natural defence mechanisms of the Mimosa Pudica plant (also known as ‘touch-me-not’). This fragile plant sits atop a robotic car that senses the ‘emotions’ of the plant it supports and feeds and will drive off if the plant exudes a strong negative reaction to anything that comes within its orbit.
Sous les pavés, la plage, Marlies van Putten is an experiment in creating organic forms by a special process of casting aluminium that allows for an exciting balance between control and spontaneity.
Mobiles by Wais Wardak is a furniture collection that can turns minimalist cubes into tables and chairs, to suit the preference of the user.
Image credits: Milan photography by Cassie Pizzey.
The Shepherds of Stuff by the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague runs April 17-22 2012 at Zona Tortona, Studio IROKO, Via Voghera 11b, Milan.