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Neo Prehistory

2 APR - 12 SEP 2016

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15 euro Ticket for all the XXI Triennale exhibitions
22,00 euro XX1T Pass for unlimited access to XXI Triennale exhibitions
When
Tuesday - Sunday
10.00 am - 8.30 pm
Where
Palazzo della Triennale
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The exhibition retraces the long journey from the instruments of ancient prehistory to the latest nano-technologies. A journey inspired by the power of “100 verbs” and “100 instruments” which, like streams of mysterious, life-giving energy, guide the viewer through the dark clouds of history and of infinite space.

On the occasion of the XXI International Exposition, Triennale di Milano presents the exhibition named Neo Preistoria – 100 Verbs.   The exhibition retraces the long journey from the instruments of ancient prehistory to the latest nano-technologies. A journey inspired by the power of “100 verbs” and “100 instruments” which, like streams of mysterious, life-giving energy, guide the viewer through the dark clouds of history and of infinite space. Reaching all the way to today’s frontiers of scientific research, which is striving to prolong human survival by creating spare parts for our bodies. The as yet relatively unexplored twenty-first century is in this sense a new prehistoric age – a time when the destiny of humanity still had no clear direction and when objects possessed many meanings, from their practical uses to ritual and magical functions. Artificial thought today marks the beginning of a new anthropology, a new stage in human evolution, in which – as in ancient prehistory – we cannot make out our overall destiny but only our individual leaps in the dark. This loss of direction is still very much a part of the extreme vitality and creativity of human thought and technology, which is to be found both in instruments of death and in the extension of life towards a future still waiting to be explored. The exhibition does not therefore intend to investigate the future, but rather to look at the present and at its most ingenious and dangerous aspects.

Andrea Branzi  

As human beings, we have developed our skills by means of tools. At the same time, tools have increased our desires, so the history of man’s desires can also be viewed as a history of tools. A hundred tools and a hundred verbs, ranging from the Stone Age to the present day, have been chosen for this exhibition. The verbs indicate human activities, which is to say, desires that have become words. And, if we match the tools and verbs, we can create a vision of the history of human desires that is easy to understand. Human history bears the signs of a whole series of religious, political, technological and economic changes, but in this exhibition the strands that weave the story of mankind have been completely left out. In other words, the aim is to observe the history of mankind from a single point of view, free from any influence of religion, technology, ideology, race or whatever. Now that we are in the twenty-first century and heading towards an age of artificial intelligence, it is essential to reflect on how humanity is to evolve and what situation it will find itself in. The Neo-Prehistory: 100 Verbs exhibition retraces the history of mankind from a general point of view and, to the extent that it examines the bases we are on, it constitutes a watershed and well expresses the message of “Design after Design” of the 2016 Triennale. I consider it very important that I have been able to put on this exhibition in collaboration with the designer and design theorist Andrea Branzi. First of all, take a good look at the objects from the Stone Age: the first tools that man managed to create still exist in the hands of modern man, and maybe reflect the same intelligence, and the same mistakes. At the same time, they are very beautiful and in this beauty – I believe – we can possibly read the destiny and future of humanity. I do hope they can help you imagine what the future that awaits humanity might be. Kenya Hara

Credits


Curated by
Andrea Branzi
Kenya Hara

Exhibition design
Andrea Branzi
Kenya Hara
Hara Design Institute (Nippon Design Center Inc.)

Graphic design
Kenya Hara
Hara Design Institute (Nippon Design Center Inc.)

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