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Le grand Détournement - CNAP

Jun 2, 2017 – Oct 29, 2017

Handcrafting, DIY, bric-a-brac, sampling, customising… new strategies have emerged in contemporary design that draw on manual practices that are far removed from the standard definition of design.

They take hold of practices, processes and traditional, high-tech or unexpected materials to produce singular objects that break free from standards and the constraints of industrial production. New means of generating and circulating forms and images contribute to opening up design to this “grand détournement” (reappropriation).

A nod to Michel Hazanavicius’s film, and to Mode d’emploi du détournement, an essay by Guy Debord and Gil J. Wolman, this new exhibition at Galerie Poirel invites visitors to meet the designers at work, learn about their methods of creation and production and, why not, take advantage of the invitation extended by Enzo Mari or 5.5 designers to “cook up” their own objects…
More than fifty projects, taken from the design collection at Centre national des arts plastiques, with emphasis on recent acquisitions, are on show in a scenography by designer and co-curator David des Moutis. After Zones de confort in 2015, they form the second leg in a collaboration between Centre national des arts plastiques and the city of Nancy.

This “grand détournement” will continue in a series of workshops and talks. The Gravity Stool is on display as a part of the exhibition at CNAP, Paris (FR)

To read more about CNAP, please visit their website.