Directed by Tom Kovac and Reiner Zettl
Project Review with Alberto Alessi
ALESSI MUTANTS explores and reinvents the relationship between architecture and industrial object, focusing on a series of small-scale furniture-object studies. These serve as conceptual origin for the unfolding of shapes and surfaces creating a small environment that by hybridization is removed from any initial typology or utilitarian determination. Though these projects begin as architectural investigation of Alessi typology, they will be informed by the contemporary discourse on generative processes and manufacture. The projects will redefine the notion of physical space by warping, pulling and pushing the boundaries of the small objects until they arrive at and constitute new and unfamiliar interior landscapes. In one instance, a series of table objects are transformed into a life sized relief from which flows, as if in motion, an elegant desk that transforms into modulated form.
Students participating in the ALESSI MUTANTS summerschool are asked to design small furniture objects. The intention is to create a set of objects that are extraordinary both in their expressive language as well as in the production methods used to create them. Formal elegance and intricacy of projects are encouraged in this summerschool. The results will be counter checked by the logic of manufacture and identity politics of the Alessi Company and the discussion will focus on the negotiation between design, production and marketing. It aims to add another level of intelligence and connectivity to objects, enabling them to network and communicate with each other.
Professor Tom KovacCurator - RMIT University
Associate Professor Reiner ZettlCurator - University of Applied Arts Vienna
Elisa InterligiManager, Research and Commercial Business
Elana Vasileva-KovacResearch Assistant
Grant TrewellaResearch Assistant
Romina ZaniMedia Relation Coordinator
Davide GarlaschiniWeb Development Specialist
Antonella De MartinoExhibit Design Manager
Ezio PianaTechnical Designer (Tables)
Alessandro BarcelliniTechnical Designer (Bowls)
Mauro CasalinoExhibit Prototypes Coordinator (Round Stands)