Saved by droog. at Laboratory of the Future
date: October 17th 2011 - January 15th 2012
location: Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Ul. Jazdów 2, Warszawa, Poland
saved by droog.
In the context of material and technological perfection of the nineties, Droog entered the design stage with “Chest of drawers,” a bundled stack of found drawers, “Rag chair,” a stack of rags made into a chair, amongst other acts of improvisation and re-use. Reacting to design that depends on ideal forms, materials and techniques, Droog claimed improvisation as an act of design, using whatever was easily available.
Triggered by the financial crisis of 2008-09, in 2010 Droog began purchasing items from liquidation auctions—unused items that are functional yet for whatever reason left behind. Ranging from handkerchiefs to dog baskets and ceramic cups, over 5000 items were reclaimed into a collection of 19 new products.
The next step in this endeavour is “New is the new new,” an upcoming model in collaboration with companies that enables them to make use of their dead stock, re-directing the creativity of designers into a more systematic and serious use of leftover inventories around the world.
Saved by Droog at Laboratory of the Future is the first comprehensive presentation of Droog’s commitment to the use of unwanted material from the nineties until today. A resourcefulness that is relevant to our times, Saved by Droog represents a commitment to improvisation and re-use in a serious endeavour in product design and development.
The Laboratory of the Future
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?”
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Oct 18, 2011 - Jan 15, 2012
Opening: October 17th
Lecture by Renny Ramakers: What is design today?
Date: Tues, Oct 18, 2011
More info: www.csw.art.pl
See also: saved by droog. during the Salone del Mobile 2010