Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle: SAVED BY DROOG

18.10.2011 – 15.01.2012

On view through 15.01.2012
Curator: Renny Ramakers
CCA Curator: Milada Ślizińska
within the Laboratory of the Future Act 4 REGRESS PROGRESS
Gallery 1

The Laboratory of the Future is a comprehensive international art program, established by the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, directed towards the future. It is launched by the project REGRESS PROGRESS, which focuses on two questions: “Can we expect a progress, a development of the capitalist system of production in the foreseeable future?” or rather “Can we expect a regress, which might in fact prove felicitous?”

The Dutch group Droog Design is characterized by a conceptual approach to design. The group focuses solely on the matter of nature of the functional object, on the continuous tension between its function and esthetic value. Group’s widely discussed actions carry out the “Do It Yourself” ideology as well as ecological sensitivity. One of those actions – “The reincarnation of recovered objects” confronts us with deconstruction of the original shape of “the unwanted” item, as well as with forming of new objects by using elements that seemingly do not match.

Droog Design members are not interested exclusively in designing objects. The group encourages thinking of design in terms of new cooperation and communication modes as well as new business solutions. Their actions, which blur the boundaries between art and design, are always a form of an up to date sociopolitical comment. They provoke further discussion on the role and place of “involved design” in the modern world.

Each month about 500 Dutch companies file for bankruptcy. So where do their products end up? For the last couple of months we have been bidding at bankruptcy sales, ranging from facial tissues to dog baskets. In this way we managed to purchase 5135 objects – 1 water cooler, 1 dining table, 2 bar stools, 4 metal trays, 6 wooden trays, 8 mirrors, 10 sets of bowls, 11 coffee cups, 14 dog baskets, 20 kitchen cloths, 40 glass vases, 50 life jackets, 60 sets of kitchen utensils, 80 folding chairs, 90 flowerpots, 100 baskets of sweets, 102 wooden spoons, 168 glass plates, 200 salt cellars, 448 wallets, 500 matchboxes, 720 cola glasses and 2500 handkerchiefs.

We have shown our assembled objects to 14 invited designers. W asked them to treat them as a material for creative interpretation. In return we received a collection of 19 products, ranging from folding chairs which have been painted by professional manicurists, to handkerchiefs that can be used as daily press and spoons that make mouths water. Pragmatic approach leads to surprising results. Recycling becomes a rightful method of designing and creating new products. All goods have been available for sale.

Designers: Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen, Atelier Ted Noten, Ed Annink, Eric Klarenbeek, Erna Einarsdóttir, Luc d’Hanis & Sofie Lachaert, Maison Martin Margiela, Marian Bantjes, Marije Vogelzang, Mieke Gerritzen, Minale-Maeda, Roelof Mulder, Stefan Sagmeister, Studio Makkink & Bey.

Droog Design

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
ul. Jazdów 2,
00-467 Warsaw, Poland

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