For this first edition, eleven teams of emerging designers were selected by an independent jury following an international call for projects.
They are invited to think, create and invest a space for multidisciplinary experimentation around the theme of Obsession. Together, the installations form a collective exhibition co-produced by the Pavillon de l'Arsenal and Paf Atelier, and take a concrete look at architecture and design, multi-disciplinary connections - in short, at our professions and their mutations.
With PPW, we propose alternative ways of being and doing, giving tangible form to new priorities, new challenges and new commitments.
Merging the issues
We take a stand to support, defend and give a voice to the younger generation by offering them resources, guidance and a ground for experimentation. Design and architecture must also be used as a provocation, as a means of asserting claims, raising questions and inviting collaboration in order to go beyond the gratuitous form of an object or construction.
Loin d’être figée et déterminée, la signification du mot Obsession s’étend à de nombreux domaines.
Usually defined as a constraining, absurd symptom that is difficult to eradicate, today we wonder whether these neuroses (ideas, images or sensations) are necessarily harmful?
Through the prism of architecture, design and other related disciplines, we might define the term Obsession as a manipulation of language, forms, concepts, assemblages and associations. Psychic or physical, material or invisible, scientific or fantasized; singular, transversal and sometimes methodological, the obsessional disorder only exists when the action or thought that gives rise to it is continually repeated within a given framework. The term "obsession" is also used to describe forms of fetishism linked to the problems of today's society. How can we meaningfully invest these obsessive systems through architecture and design? How are young artists appropriating this subject?
This group exhibition reveals similarities and correspondences in the research process.
Increasing the number of avenues to explore
The winners adopt empirical processes and use their respective obsessions as creative tools. The installation exercise represents a fertile ground for free expression for the creators, while at the same time offering visitors an open space for interpretation.
Naturally, the teams work together to create a visual experience, a journey, an idea.
The Pli Public Workshop sketches out the current state of affairs and questions the various creative processes involved.
How can the fields of architecture and design channel and invest this notion of obsession, whether through structural/sculptural/architectural experimentation or other visual, textual or narrative devices? What could be the obsessions of tomorrow's designer?