XXII Triennale Milano, Czech Participacion
01.03.2019 — 01.09.2019

Out of Tower Power. ©Gabriel Urbánek

Out of Power Tower: artist Krištof Kintera and team
Lithopy: concept Denisa Kera and Petr Šourek, director Petr Šourek, designer Eva Holá, photography Jan Hrdý, editor Miloslav Holman, installation and 3D print Jaroslav Svítek,  blockchain development Denisa Kera and Yair Reshef, satellite image processing Mateusz Kraiński and team
Commissioner: Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
Director: Helena Koenigsmarková
Curator: Iva Knobloch
Funding: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
Support: Czech Center Milan, Gallery Zdeněk Sklenář Prague


XXII Triennale Milano: Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

The XXII Triennale Milano is running from 1 March to 1 September 2019, with the title “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival”. The curatorship of the XXII Triennale has been entrusted to Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of Research & Development at the Museum of Modern Art. The curatorial team, led by Paola Antonelli and based in Milan and New York, will select and present design approaches that encourage a multifaceted and comprehensive reading of the issues threatening our collective existence, stimulate an appreciation of the systems in which individuals live and operate, and galvanise attitudes that consider life beyond the next few generations.

The XXII Triennale will feature projects – from objects to buildings, and from interfaces to infrastructures and cities, at all scales from the cosmos to the microbiome, and in all dimensions – that suggest plausible and concrete avenues for restorative design action. In this ambitious endeavour the curatorial team will be supported by an Advisory Committee of scholars and practitioners, including Adam Bly, Rania Ghosn, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Gabriella Gómez-Mont, Jamer Hunt, Sarah Ichioka, Koyo Kouoh, Stefano Micelli and Maholo Uchida.

The Czech Participation

The utopian/dystopian projects OUT OF POWER TOWER and LITHOPY develop the theme of energy wastage and mock the current craze for cryptocurrency. They are a critical response to the issues involved with mineral extraction, scarce resources and man’s quest for endless energy production. Out of Power Tower is 4.5 metre high object made of used batteries, some of them cut open. From the outside the batteries seduce the consumer with their gleaming mosaic of brands, but looking inside them you see their dark and scorched innards. Out of Power Tower is a metaphor for Industry 4.0: under the comforting superficiality of existence you find a dangerous and toxic core. Lithopy tells a universal story of power, technology, and ephemeral 4.0 fairy tales in the form of a multiscreen movie backed by blockchain prototypes. Though not yet properly assessed, Czech lithium reserves were quickly turned into a partisan mobilising tool during the 2017 elections; succumbing to the promise of a lithium paradise for all, the Czech Republic went through a lithium craze without having ever mined a single grain of lithium ore. The movie advertises a Sunny Day in Lithopy, where all kinds of smart contracts are being made under the watchful eyes of satellites.


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