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Today we are open from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm

Tuesday, December 18th, the STORIES exhibition will close at 7.30 pm, on Wednesday 19th December the A CASTIGLIONI exhibition will close at 7.30 pm, ticket sales will end 45 minutes before closing.

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Today we are open from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm

The Shapes of Water

18 OCT - 3 NOV 2018

Msheireb Enrichment Centre, Doha, Qatar

Triennale di Milano and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy present The Shapes of Water exhibition: a survey on social design and product design projects related to different uses of water and displayed according to their function. The idea for The Shapes of Water exhibition was born from a wish to go back to the distinctively social and civilian nature of design culture, by calling designers from the Mediterranean regions and the Gulf countries to design items that have to do with different uses of water, with the needs it fulfils, the longings it arouses.

The exhibition is split into two sections. The first section provides an overview of items related to different uses of water (condensing, collecting, carrying, extinguishing, farming, filtering, keeping, purifying, washing), designed and made by international designers. Pride of place has been given to designs that offer innovative solutions to the problem of water scarcity. For instance: every time we shower we waste up to 12 litres of water as we wait for it to reach the right temperature. With Aguawell, we can avoid such waste and we can reuse water for other purposes: from washing the dishes to watering the flowers. Or the Jellyfish Farm by Studio Mobile uses the seawater-desalting process to grow floating vegetable gardens, in the awareness that, by 2025, 5.5 billion people will very likely have to reckon with the lack of water and the conflict that will ensue.

The second section of The Shapes of Water will showcase, instead, some specially made items that provide food for thought about what it means to quench one’s thirst. For instance, the pots designed by many of these designers go in this direction: there is one – Rawa by Othman Khunji – made of Bahrain clay and camel leather but with a 3D-printed metal handle. Or, there’s another one – H2God by JVLT – that looks like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, maybe hinting at the holy, religious nature of water itself. Prompted by different, though related, cultures, traditions, languages and skills, the designers’ items will eventually build a weft of reflections that celebrates the binding, cohesive nature of water for all the countries that draw their history, resources and identity from the Mediterranean or the Gulf.

In times like these, while some of the most inhuman epoch-marking tragedies take place just in the “water theatre” that is the Mediterranean Sea, displaying water and the items that shape it, that make it accessible, storable and transportable, as the case may be, is also a small attempt at building a different kind of story on and around water and at strengthening the bond – always open, never finally defined – that, now more than ever, ties nature and culture together.


Curated by
Triennale Design Museum Team
Exhibition and Graphic Design
JoeVelluto Studio

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