Stories and research at the Cité du design
Among the exhibitions that support this positioning, we can cite the fascinating exhibition “Autofiction, a biography of the automobile”, Olivier Peyricault and Anne Chaniolleau approach automobile design from a primarily anthropological point of view, by questioning the imaginaries generated and ownership codes. The proposed story does not forget the eternal question of resources and materials, the design research of this “technological phoenix which never ceases to be reborn” , with its hopes and trial and error, particularly around the failure of the car called “autonomous”.
Another sign of the times, it is an entire continent – and no longer a city or a country, as was the case with Detroit for the 2017 edition or China in 2019 – which is in the spotlight, through the Franck Houndégla’s “Singulier plurielles” exhibition. Between graphic design, macro-systems and micro-systems, the exhibition explores other ways of designing, producing and living. “These are projects born of various designers, but who in their approach share the modalities of design” underlines the curator. Designers, makers, architects, engineers, invent, transpose processes, divert objects, services for the collective. This ranges from the creator of special effects who transposes his skills for the production of prostheses, the association of a jewel connected to a data platform for the implementation of an e-health device, the construction of non-standard automobile thus responding to a plurality of uses (textile manufacturing, agriculture, hotels, etc.), the use of local materials for architecture, up to the search for “bricks without waste”…
Finally, among the ten exhibitions presented on the site of the Cité, we will also retain the note of freshness, of optimism, brought by “The World if not nothing”: a commission led by Benjamin Graindorge, designer and teacher at the ENSADSE and researcher Sophie Pène at the Learning Planet Institute, which starts from the postulate of the richness of the territories of creation of young people. The bet is made to explore over ten years the projects of diplomas of students of a network of establishments, and to detect there the seeds of a “New Bauhaus”, around the “living”. According to Sophie Pène, this is “showing the power of creation in moments of transition. We easily talk about tech innovations, but few about habits, behaviors, culture, creation. The second idea is to show that the creativity of youth draws the transitions, is necessary, that the rapprochement between the sciences and the arts, and the porous borders that can be put in place are really the conditions for the emergence of projects powerful. » The exhibition thus includes in the concept of “school of creation” the scientific laboratories, the makers labs, the third places, the schools of art of design, of art. Through very diverse projects – of objects music for autism at a pirate distillery!– it is above all a question of showing the fertility of the territories of exploration, their resonances, and above all an energy, a desire, and a power to act.