Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
Starting 25.10. 2014 / Permanent ExhibitionWhy is a Bavarian dirndl tailored from African waxprint cloths? Moreover, what is African about these cloths? Can it be that in southern Asia and the Himalayan region the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is represented by a male being, while in Japan the same bodhisattva is worshipped in female form named Kannon Bosatsu. The second permanent exhibition titled StrawGold focuses on cultural appropriation and transformation processes. Items of everyday use, technologies, materials, political ideas as well as religious beliefs spread not only across regions, but across the entire world. In their new settings they are gradually absorbed and creatively woven into new cultural contexts.
In ten stations the exhibition addresses different themes, such as upcycling, fashion, religious interrelationships and (hi)stories of global economic entanglement, through to rites of passage.
Since cultural transformation processes belong to the constants in life, changes are also made to two of the exhibition galleries each year. In the opening gallery alternating artists are showcased with a work which, in some way or another, was inspired by an object in our collections. The last gallery in the exhibition is redesigned twice a year in order to address further themes or to enlarge upon special aspects of the exhibition – either in the form of shows designed alongside with collaborative partners or in workshops in which visitors are invited to engage and convert an item of everyday use into something new and special.
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HOCHSCHULE FÜR GESTALTUNG UND KUNST: TIMES OF WASTE - WHAT REMAINS
23.4. - 24.9. 2017
The smartphone is a transitory object: designed to be dumped. Refuse? Inspired by the exhibition StrawGold, “Times of Waste” pursues the transformation of smartphones. Researchers from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design explore the processing and re-use or, as the case may be, the disposal of smartphones –always guided by the key question: what happens to what is left over?
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BARBARA MUFF: 290'000
20.6. - 1.10. 2017
Home is not a place, but a feeling – often closely linked with clothing. For her collection “290,000” the young Swiss designer Barbara Muff drew inspiration from non-European textiles and textile techniques. Her research conducted together with migrants – from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan, among other places – gave rise to a visual dialogue in which the needle plays a key role.