Curatorial Statement

The changes around are faster than we are. We love intelligent technologies that relieve us of many responsibilities. We like modernity, but we also start to fear it. We look back more and more often. It is the past that brings us hope for the future. Nature revives, and items made by historical craftsmen and artists (who was then talking about designers?) can last almost forever, and when they get damaged, they disappear. Today, the work of the hands gives reflection and peace. Old artisans have knowledge that we won’t get in school. It is clear that in the new reality, we will not act like them, but we can benefit from their wisdom and experience. We will not move forward without understanding the material, tools and secrets of the process.

Some will translate this knowledge into machines, robots, and serial production. Others, like the designers I present at the exhibition, will remain halfway between art, craftsmanship, and technology. For them, the process, material, and uniqueness in repeatability are more important than production. In some ways, the road is more important than the goal. The presented forms are not necessarily compatible with the selected material or method of production. They could be done easier, faster, cheaper with more confidence that it would be successful. But then they would not have the author’s emotions, no trace of struggle with matter, no explorers’ passion. Is this not what we desire? Life inscribed in objects.

"The New Reality for design means a juxtaposition of craft and technology, serial and individual, customised and mass-produced - all of those you can see in the selected items."
- Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, curator

Curated Designers