Plant Fever – CID Grand Hornu, Belgium 18th October 2020 – 7th March 2021
We were thrilled to be invited to take part in the Plant Fever exhibition and book. A travelling exhibit, the exhibition was held at CID Grand Hornu from 18th of October 2020 until 7th March 2021, and we were so pleased to send the Edwardes Chair there to take part. A touring exhibition, a book and a manifesto to discover the hidden potential of plants and rethink our relationship with them, it reflects so much of our ethos.
For centuries, our inherent alienation from nature has prevented us from truly understanding the potential of plants. Plant are more than simple materials or decorative objects. In recent years, however, new scientific discoveries and philosophical approaches have reframed our relationship with plants. As a species, we are beginning to question the dualism human/nature so much rooted in Western thinking.
Echoing the belief of American ecologist Ian Baldwin that “we should try to think like plants”, designers, scientists and engineers, started to look into plants’ structures and behaviours adopting them as allies to develop solutions for current and upcoming environmental and social issues.
A modified version of the exhibition will run again in December in Zürich, Switzerland from 3rd December 2021 – 3rd April 2022.