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A project developped with the Domaine de BoisBuchet, July 2019, France.

‘Slow Down Please’ was first and foremost a reflexion about our ways of making and producing. The workshop materialised what is happening around us and how we could give back to us and nature. The 4 meters tall Cocoon architecture was built in 3 days and half without screw, without glue, without electricity, just our 24 hands, natural materials collected around the Domaine and beautiful energies.

The brief of the Workshop:

In a time where everything is falling apart, nobody can stand alone. The worldwide disappearance of species is a fact. Climate change is a fact. Nationalism is a fact. We could all stop here. But as artists and designers and citizens we have to act. Nobody wants to see another beautiful chair anymore, so the question is rather: How can we can give back to nature?

Let us stand together surrounded by this reality, by future, and by nature. ‘Slow Down Please’ is first and foremost a reflexion. It is not about a design piece or about an art piece. It is an experiment with something that always exists around us: nature. This workshop shall materialise what is happening around us and how we might give back to nature. The answer might be a small gesture or an attitude but we will push this idea of giving back during the whole workshop. What makes sense to exist now? What needs to be made? What do you want to make then? What do you want to express?

The workshop’s participants should take a one-week break and use Domaine de Boisbuchet as a resource to ideate and make objects, scenarios, machines, or installations that help the Domaine’s natural environment.

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Participants: Lauren Graziano, Kesem Yahav, Linar Martin Andueza, Irem Metin, Silvia Ruiz Aguilar, Luca Lettieri, Maryia Virshych, Bernardo Figueroa, Martynas Kliučininkas.

Assistant: Tara Jane Tabet.

Materials: Bamboo, hay, clay, lime.

©Neige Augusta Celeste.

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