January 11, 2019 - Triennale Milano - The second Broken Nature symposium
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January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019

Triennale Milano

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The second Broken Nature symposium
An event to introduce key topics of the XXII Triennale di Milano
January 14, 2019, 2pm

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

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On Monday January 14, 2019, from 2 to 7:30pm, in anticipation of the upcoming XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival (March 1–September 1, 2019), The Museum of Modern Art will host the second Broken Nature symposium, exploring the notion of restorative design. Drawing on architecture, urban planning, geopolitics, linguistics, and other overlapping fields of research, the symposium will trace design’s potential to repair humans’ collapsing bonds with nature, and offer a dynamic exchange of opinions through individual presentations, panel conversations, a debate, and video contributions. After the symposium, the evening will conclude with the screening of the movie Winged Migration (2001) by Jacques Perrin, from 8:30 to 10:15pm.

Confirmed speakers include, in alphabetical order: Maurice Cox, Teddy Cruz, Heather Davis, Karthik Dinakar, Susannah Drake, Fonna Forman, Ursula K. Heise, Antonia Juhasz, Neri Oxman, Cara Smyth, and Dori Tunstall. Paola Antonelli and Stefano Boeri (La Triennale’s president) will introduce the afternoon.

This symposium is part of the public program organized by the curatorial team to provoke a lively discussion around Broken Nature’s central themes. Together with the digital platform, brokennature.org, these public events intend to bare the research process, and draw on the audience’s expertise and suggestions to further enhance the organization of the exhibition, driving curatorial mechanisms to be more participatory.

The symposium will be live-streamed on youtube.com/triennalevideo and facebook.com/latriennale.

Discover the program

Broken Nature symposium no.2 
Monday, January 14, 2019
2–7:30pm, followed by reception and screening of Winged Migration (2001)
MoMA Roy and Niuta Titus Theater #1 [film entrance]
11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
If you are interested in attending, please email randd [​at​] moma.org.


About the XXII Triennale di Milano
Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival studies the state of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment, some of which have been compromised—if not entirely severed—in recent history. By casting a wide net, the XXII Triennale underlines the importance of the concept of restorative design, and highlights design examples that repair and reconstitute our species’ bonds with the complex systems in the world around and within us.

The curatorial team, led by Paola Antonelli and based in Milan and New York, will select and present design approaches that encourage a multifaceted and comprehensive reading of the issues threatening our collective existence, stimulate an appreciation of the systems in which individuals live and operate, reorient attention to include other species and environments, and galvanize attitudes that consider life beyond the next few generations. The XXII Triennale will feature projects in various scales—from objects to buildings, and from interfaces to infrastructures and cities––and dimensions—from the cosmos to the microbiome—that suggest plausible and concrete avenues for restorative design action.

In this ambitious endeavor, the curatorial team is supported by an Advisory Committee of scholars and practitioners, including Adam Bly, Rania Ghosn, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Gabriella Gómez-Mont, Jamer Hunt, Sarah Ichioka, Koyo Kouoh, Stefano Micelli, and Maholo Uchida.

The XXII Triennale will take place at La Triennale di Milano, March 1–September 1, 2019.

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