Curatorial Statement

Schloss Hollenegg for Design has worked for eight months on WALDEN: Twenty-two designers have been invited to present recent projects, most of which especially commissioned by curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein for the castle.

It is the time to bring nature back in our everyday life; not the romanticised, sanitised, domesticated version of it, but the gritty, wild stuff. The current narrative around the environmental crisis offers conflicting and confusing information, it has been wrongly politicised and often induces guilt without offering solutions. This makes accepting that our lifestyles need to be dramatically transformed, a painful process: we procrastinate, waiting for a miracle cure. In order to find the solution, perhaps, we need first to stop seeing our environment for our use, to be tamed into a garden. We need to embrace the undomesticated, feral side of nature and allow pockets of wilderness to take over, in order to live with the simplicity of the philosopher.

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