Design as we Speak
design, production and scenography
Show by Bureau Barbier Bouvet, curated by Dimitri Jeurissen, 2019, Zaventem Ateliers
Design as we Speak is a snapshot of an ongoing design process inspired by oft-forgotten bioclimatic principles and
vernacular knowledge. Taking the cabin as a departure point, the exhibition expands principle elements from the
artist’s practice relating to autonomy, adaptability, lightness and open-endedness. Three cases—Palama, Cévennes
and Maloja—explore various angles, aspects and concerns. All relatively different to each other in terms of design
and habitability, and far from ever being “complete,” the cabins address the necessary attitude and conditions for
the creation of spaces of refuge and autonomy. All three cabins are designed for seasonal stays and contribute
to a sustainable understanding of their individual contexts. The exhibition not only highlights the relevance of
traditional knowledges in understanding ecological, processes but also includes experiments with ecologies of
property, accommodation, legislation, the social contract and the commons. The show serves as an in between
point, revealing a design process at its very middle stage, with the pieces’ inhabitation and use still to come.
This project is an artistic collaboration with Bureau Barbier Bouvet.