Can farmer designers save the earth?

Can farmer designers preserve the earth?

The foreseeable future of farming, the local climate disaster, and how we can feed ourselves sustainably are at the coronary heart of a new exhibition, ‘Farmer designers: an artwork of living’, at Bordeaux Museum of Attractive Arts and Layout (until finally 17 January 2022)

‘Today layout has to confront 3 subjects: sustainability, foodstuff and agriculture,’ states director of Bordeaux Museum of Ornamental Arts and Structure (Madd-Bordeaux) Constance Rubini. As a reaction, Madd-Bordeaux has opened a new exhibition devoted to the long term of farming and farming design, featuring an extraordinary mix of interactive rooms which endeavor to distil the highly sophisticated foods processes of the 21st century.

Focusing on scales of creation and their processes, the display screen celebrates a new technology of farmers who are not only feeding us but also regenerating the Earth. Farmers – the spine of culture – are obtaining to examine methods in which they can reclaim the manufacturing chain as we attempt to maintain the planet. Taking into consideration this, the exhibition aims to rejoice the world operate of what Madd-Bordeaux calls ’farmer designers’. 

Future of farming explored in an immersive natural environment

Tools for an agroecological changeover in the foreground and a assortment of previous applications in the background. Exhibition view: ‘Farmer designers, an art of living’ at Madd-Bordeaux. Cultural year Resources / Bordeaux 2021 © Rodolphe Escher

With exhibition style and design by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez (a Wallpaper* Layout Award 2020 winner) and François Bauchet, the demonstrate features a series of rooms about two central courtyards in Madd-Bordeaux’s former jail developing.

Covering subject areas this sort of as the local weather disaster, the exhibition is a collection of tales and narratives as opposed to a showcase of statistical knowledge. 

Standardization of the residing, what is the limit?  Henk Wildschut, Meals collection, 2012-2013, at the exhibition ‘Farmer designers, an art of living’ at Madd-Bordeaux. Cultural time Sources / Bordeaux 2021 © Rodolphe Escher

‘For each individual area, we preferred to develop an immersive ecosystem which problems guests to think carefully about the world,’ points out Fastrez. Just about every space provides the general public a different process to unpack the overarching subject matter matter. 

In the courtyard, the museum celebrates ten farmers throughout the planet, from the south of France to Burkina Faso, each and every of which has been pushing the limitations of their observe. Below, viewers study about the impressive meadow and flora study of Xavier and Séverine Noulhianne  at Planté Farm in Montpezat, France, and the agroecological methods of Sepp and Josef Holzer at Krameterhof Farm, in Ramingstein, Austria. 

ECAL, Erwan Bouroullec and Adrien Rovero on perceptions of farming

Real Details installation, created by ECAL bachelor learners less than the supervision of Erwan Bouroullec and Adrien Rovero, for ‘Farmer designers, an artwork of living’ at Madd-Bordeaux. © ECAL/Jimmy Rachez

Less than Erwan Bouroullec and Adrien Rovero’s instruction, industrial layout college students from ECAL in Lausanne labored on an set up, True Information, that sits at the centre of the exhibition. The second-semester pupils established a visible translation of the social, economic, and moral issues that encompass scales of generation. Operating with the notion of time, they invite visitors to issue farming procedures. 

‘The aim of the installation is not to provide responses but to provoke queries,’ explains Bouroullec. ‘What is interesting about agriculture is that everyone has an picture of it, and in a way all people as a citizen has a specific stage of perspective about how successful mother nature should really be executed.’ 

According to Rubini, it was significant to have a view from younger designers, as all the other locations are offered by means of the lens of farmers. 

Element of Authentic Information, intended by ECAL bachelor pupils underneath the supervision of Erwan Bouroullec and Adrien Rovero, for ‘Farmer designers, an art of living’ at Madd-Bordeaux. © ECAL/Jimmy Rachez

Farmers are possessing to invent new processes to adapt to modern life in the wake of the climate crisis. As opposed to quite a few designers, they see layout as a method alternatively than a sequence of objects. ‘Design began out of necessity. It is a established of processes that goal to resolve day to day issues, it is about finding solutions,’ states Rubini. ‘I hope that site visitors will comprehend that this is an critical topic and begin to have an understanding of that it is crucial that we rethink how we feed ourselves and foreseeable future generations.’ 

Via this exhibition, the museum aims to draw in persons that are not typically fascinated in agriculture and remind them that we have a duty to care for the Earth. The planet is in disaster and ‘Farmer designers: an artwork of living’ is a well timed reminder that we need to have to rethink how we take in meals, and farming techniques across the world. §