The seventh and last episode of From the Moon 2, What Is the Real World, turns the inquiry from all that is unknown to observe what might constitute the real world. The episode sees the participation of Francis Kéré, the Burkinabè architect whose meteoric rise on the world stage is compounded by his winning the prestigious Pritzker Prize this year and is also joint-main curator of Triennale Milano’s 23rd International Exhibition Unknown Unknowns with Ersilia Vaudo, astrophysics and Chief Diversity Officer at ESA. This episode explores also some of that social and physical materiality by hearing from one half of design duo Formafantasma, on their research-based approach to materials specifically in the field of exhibition design for the exhibition Mondo Reale, presented by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain within Unknown Unknowns.
What we did is basically try to explore the idea around the unknown unknowns, to really try to exhibit, or to create, the frame for everybody to project their unknown unknowns. What our world needs today is positive messages.
Design for us it's the best discipline to be at the moment. You know, we are the ones that transform, like, raw material into desirable products. So we have this power, if we make deliberate choices, to really change the real world.
David Plaisant is a freelance journalist and writer based in Italy. He began his career in London, where he worked in architecture and design advocacy groups and then as a design writer and radio producer for multimedia brand Monocle.
Formafantasma is a research-based design studio, founded in 2009 by Italians Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. Working from their studio in Milan and Rotterdam, their practice embraces a broad spectrum of typologies and methods, from product design through spatial design, strategic planning and design consultancy. Whether designing to a client's brief or developing self – initiated projects, the studio applies the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail.
Francis Kéré is an internationally renowned Burkinabè architect and the 2022 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. He is recognised for his pioneering approach to design and sustainable modes of construction. His vocation to become an architect comes from a personal commitment to serve the community he grew up in, and a belief in the transformative potential of beauty. Main curator of the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition, he curated for the occasion three different installations and the Burkina Faso pavilion.