BINÔME PROJECT - CONTEMPORARY DESIGN MARKET 2022.
After having both participated in the Contemporary Design Market 2021, Pieter Bostoen and Gilles Mayk Navangi are joining forces for the 2022 edition.
Driven and supported by Flanders Dc, this collaboration aims to promote exchange, dialogue and cultural diversity. The objective is to confront different perceptions of design and thus open the way to new visual languages and artistic movements.
For this collaboration, Pieter and Mayk dug deep into their interests, motivations and worldviews in order to come up with a project representative of their respective identities. From there on the idea was born of making objects that honor the fauna and flora. The result are ceramic vessels symbolizing endangered animals.
These objects are jars, totems, meditative sculptures, which advocate contemplation and benevolence towards the animal kingdom.
Through this project, they wish to draw attention to the tragic fate of certain animals due to the profit and exploitation of biodiversity.
Virunga National Park is the richest protected area in Africa, home to more than a thousand species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, as well as one-third of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas.
A percentage of the profits from the sales of the DEARTH project will be donated to this organization which fights against war, poaching and illegal activities in defense of animals.
Unique sculpture. Each piece get’s a certificate of authenticity, signed by the artists. The sculpture can be made to order. Please note that the color for an ordered piece will be totally different than the one displayed since each piece is unique.
What is the definition of design? Can we re-write it in a strongly changing world? Can we mix visual languages and are we able to step out of our frames of reference, the ones we were born into, to open ourselves up to other aesthetic
Everybody is born in a cultural environment with their own habits, visual languages,know-how and talents. What would happen if we mix all these talents and know-how: would it create a new current? Will it clash? Is it überhaupt possible to find a common design language?
Are we capable of capturing different visual languages, to understand them, to integrate them in what our definition of design is? Is our brain capable of letting go of what we have seen and been thought all these years?
What is the definition of design and can we rewrite it in a rapidly changing world by bringing together different cultures, that is the starting point of the BINÔME project.
It’s important to emphasize that this is not just another collaboration. No, it is a research project.
Two people working from their own cultural background are brought together and challenged to dig deep into themselves,to think about who they are, what defines them and why they do what they do. How did their background influence them to become who they are and how does that influence their work? What ‘clay’ are they made of.
The next step is to see where they meet, find common ground, what connects them. To mix their identity, know-how and talents: what happens?
With the BINÔME project, we want to make a change from inside out.
It’s an investigation.
It’s a game.
It is a coming together.
It is the representation of the world we live in today.
from Flanders DC
© Pieter Bostoen 2022