Posthuman: the Logotel exhibition for MDW 2017
From 4 to 9 April Logotel explored new horizons in an era when the human and the artificial live side by side and new posthuman forms play an increasingly active role in our day-to-day lives
For the sixth year running, Logotel took part in the Ventura Design District circuit with a new exhibition for Milan Design Week 2017.
This year the reflection is on the posthuman experience.
Technological research has advanced into hitherto unexplored territories, expanding the horizons of design.
In an age when artificial intelligence is creating new species of autonomous machines and robots, what will come out of humans and non-humans, the organic and the inorganic, living together side by side?
What future scenarios can we envisage in a universe in which the concept of humanism is rapidly changing and transforming?
Robots, machines, algorithmic agents, data, networks, as well as instrumental and prosthetic technology, are feeding a prospective world where new post-human species play an increasingly central role in our day-to-day lives.
Against this backdrop, “Posthuman – When Technology Embeds Society” is an exhibition designed to be a reflection on experience: it invites us to ask ourselves what the nature of the relationship between humans and advanced technology really is.
The centrepiece is a 10-metre installation – “Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures” by Russian designer and researcher Maria Yablonina - in which three wall-scaling robots interact with each other to construct a suspended shelter-structure, inspired by the way in which spiders weave their strong networks of webs. The exhibition also looks more in depth at the topic, with inspiring examples, case histories, fragments and videos that focus on the Post Human theme in the world of design and elsewhere.
Logotel has created six exhibitions with the aim of prompting a series of reflections on the new challenges facing contemporary design, with the contribution of more than 70 international designers and guests and with the support and the scientific curatorship of Susanna Legrenzi and Stefano Maffei.
Logotel began its continuing “Horizon" project back in 2012, a collaborative venture that explores new horizons in design, with Cristina Favini as Project & Content Manager.
Over the course of past editions, the following themes have been explored: collaboration with “Making Together” (2012), invisibility with “(In)visible Design” (2013), moving on then to a reflection about design on the subject of time with the event-exhibition “Timescapes” (2014) – which won Logotel the Milano Design Award in the “Best Tech” category - and on the theme of needs with “Need, when design empowers human potential” in 2015, and on the originality of projects and their poetry in 2016, with "Poetry".
All the exhibitions are part of the collaborative path of Logotel Horizon: Logotel cultural actions dedicated to design, innovation, future.
“POSTHUMAN – When technology embeds society…”
Ventura Lambrate District - Milano Design Week 2017
Logotel, via Privata Giovanni Ventura 15, Milan
From 4 to 9 April 2017; free admission
- Tuesday 4 April: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday 5 April: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Thursday 6 April: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (closed in the afternoon for private business event)
- Friday 7 April: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Saturday 8 April: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Sunday 9 April: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm