Serpentine Galleries: Formafantasma - Cambio (In-Person & Digital)

Private View

Tuesday 6 October 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
West Carriage Drive
W2 2AR
United Kingdom
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The Serpentine Galleries are delighted to welcome you to visit the exhibition Forfantasma: Cambio.  

Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are designers who dissect the ecological and political responsibilities of their discipline. Their holistic approach reaches back into the history of a particular material used by humans, out towards the patterns of supply chains that have developed to support and expand its use, and forward to the future of that material’s survival in relation to human consumption.  This multidisciplinary exhibition highlights the crucial role that design can play in our environment, and its responsibility to look beyond the edges of its borders.  The exhibition curators will be on site to talk to guests.

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No access to public toilets
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Video Content Information:

Cambio (2020)

Constructed in the format of a visual essay, this film investigates how the industry of timber has evolved over time. It asks how a networked understanding of materials can be applied to a more holistic approach to design, and draws connections between timber’s physical materiality and the abstract but pervasive conditions of exploitation, colonialism, and consumerism.

The film starts with the appearance of primordial plants on Earth, their evolution into trees, and the subsequent flourishing of human life across the planet. It continues with the global expansion of the timber industry in conjunction with the European imperialist agenda, and its later shift towards the development of sustainable forestry practices and environmental conservation.

Shot in a former Italian plantation for paper production, it makes use of chroma key compositing – a process by which it is possible to ‘layer’ images over existing footage by introducing green screens into the frame while shooting, and collaging other images or footage in later. Various different colours have been used in television and film to achieve this effect, but green has become one of the most commonly used – as with most technologies – due to human features. The human eye evolved to differentiate movement and depth against the green of the forest, and what has become an instinctive disregard for flora in favour of the potentially dangerous fauna has been called ‘plant blindness’. Here, the forest is never a background – it is the subject matter and focus of the film.

Part of Formafantasma’s Cambio exhibition,  at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery until 15 November.

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Serpentine Sackler Gallery

West Carriage Drive
W2 2AR
United Kingdom