Renowned Design Institutions Domus Academy and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA) Team Up with Tsinghua University to present Noosphere XX1: A Model for the Production of Knowledge, at the XXI Triennale International Exhibition in Milan
Open to the public beginning on April 2, 2016 and located at the centre of the XXI Triennale International Exhibition, the Pavilion in the Triennale Garden explores new scenarios between Past, Present and Future, inspiring new educational forms in the world of design
MILAN, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — World renowned design institutions Domus Academy and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA), along with the elite Tsinghua University, the first Academy and most important Chinese research institute for art and design, are proud to announce the opening of the Noosphere XX1: A Model for the Production of Knowledge Pavilion. The exhibit is part of the XXII Triennale International Exhibition 2016 and is open to the public beginning on Saturday, April 2, running through April 17, 2016.
The Pavilion will be located in the Triennale garden for all six months of the exhibition, is composed of three main parts:
- A building shaped like a parallelepiped, which houses a space/workshop for events and activities, consisting of wooden structural elements and characterised by a tapestry placed on the main façade;
- Transport crates containing installations on the themes “The Big Waste” and “Biological Science”; and
- A structure made up of bamboo trees about 12 metres tall.
The concept that inspired the installation is that of the Noosphere, developed in the 1920s by French philosopher Edouard Le Roy, palaeontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Russian geochemist Vladimir Venadsky. At the core of the main definition of Noosphere, there is a dual perception: life on Earth is a unit that makes up a whole system known as the Biosphere; the mind or consciousness of life – the thinking layer of the Earth – makes up a discontinuous unit. It is represented by the next inevitable stage of the Earth’s evolution, which will encompass and transform the Biosphere.
Noosphere XX1 provides a model for the production of knowledge, focusing on students as a meeting point between Past, Present and Future, and inspiring new educational forms in the world of design.
The three time dimensions will be represented through different events and installations, which will vary over the course of the six months of the XXl Triennale. The opening exhibition features the following content:
- The Past – represented by images of the city of Palmyra, chosen from the collections of Paolo Mussat Sartor;
- The Present – represented by Nature, by the animals from the Palazzo dei Musei in Reggio Emilia, through to the Crystal Stool designed by Studio Nucleo; and
- The Future – shown in an installation that involves the YuMi robot by ABB and 3D printed materials.
Noosphere XX1 is a project curated by Su Dan, from the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Italo Rota, Scientific Director of NABA and Domus Academy and Gianluigi Ricuperati, Creative Director of Domus Academy.
The Noosphere is also a metaphor for school and for the production of knowledge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world, where students will take centre stage. The Pavilion will therefore also present itself as opportunities for reflection on the contemporary school system, through a combination of different forms of education with contributions from professionals, institutions and companies.
Innovation in teaching methods and partnerships with companies and industry professionals are a fundamental and distinctive element of what NABA and Domus Academy have to offer, their aim being to enable students to take on actual projects and acquire specific skills, which will then allow them to build solid careers.
NOOSPHERE XX1 : A MOBILE AND EVOLVING SCHOOL
XXI Triennale International Exhibition 2016, Milan
2 April – 12 September
Viale Alemagna, 6
Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University – NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano – Domus Academy
Curated by: Su Dan (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University), Italo Rota (Scientific Director of NABA and the Domus Academy), Gianluigi Ricuperati (Creative Director of the Domus Academy).
NABA and Domus Academy
Building Design: Italo Rota
Institutional projects leadership: Francesca Zocchi with Anna Durante, Ginevra Stuto
Academic contents: Alberto Bonisoli (leadership), Domus Academy and NABA faculty
Communication: Matteo Blandi, Sabrina Di Pietrantonio with Angela Ambrogio,
Federica Arrighi, Patrizia Sciglitano, Antonio Anaclerio and NABA BA in Graphic Design and Art Direction students Nicolò Frontini, Riccardo Suardi, Vincenzo Tortora
Assistant Curator: YANG Yunzhao
Building design assistant: CUI Jiahua, LANG Yujie, WANG Hongwu, ZHENG Jing, QIAN Hanxuan
Media Plan and Design: SHI Danqing, ZHAO Huasen, DAI Dai
Furniture research: YU Lizhan
Experimental Art Research:LI Tianyuan, REN Ri
Material research: WANG Yue
Parametric design research: XU Weiguo
Design & 3D modeling: Emilio Antinori, Vincenzo Franchino, Alessandro Zomparelli
Prototypes: Matteo Abbiati
For Robot Yumi: Oscar Ferrato, Emanuele Lomello
Boxes Installations: NABA Students Giorgia Amabili, Catarina Isabel Dos Santos Marques, Chen Ruy, Arianna Summo. Studio Italo Rota, Carlo Ferrari, Marco Fabris.
Bamboo Installation: Studio Cardenas with NABA and Domus Academy Students Diana Butuc
Vasinee Hongyantarachai, Shin Wai Lam, Alice Lamperti, Kang Hua Lan, Alessia Pastori, Mikel Peruch, Vashish Soobah, Xinxin Sun, Veronica Volpe, Renny Fitriaristi Wulandini, Xinyi Zhao
Production partner UNIClass
Construction partner ForMALIGNO
Thanks to ABB, Arch. Emilio Battisti, BONOTTOEDITIONS, Gondrand by Fercam Spa, Marzorati Ronchetti, Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia, Paolo Mussat Sartor, Sharebot, Studio Nucleo
NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, is an art and design academy: it is the largest private Italian academy and was the first to obtain official recognition from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), in 1980. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of design, fashion design, graphics and communication, multimedia arts, set design and visual arts, awarding academic diplomas equivalent to university degrees. It came about as a result of a private initiative in 1980 in Milan from Ausonio Zappa, Guido Ballo and Gianni Colombo, and its goal has always been to challenge the inflexible nature of academic tradition and to introduce visions and languages closer to contemporary artistic practices and the system of art and the creative professions. In 2009, NABA became one of the Laureate International Universities, an international network of more than 80 accredited institutions in 28 countries offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses to more than one million students worldwide. NABA was included in Domus Magazine’s guide to Europe’s top 100 schools of architecture and design and in Frame’s guide to the world’s 30 leading graduate schools of design and fashion. www.naba.it
Domus Academy was set up in Milan in 1982 as the first postgraduate design school in Italy and as an open project revolving around the experience of Italian design and fashion. Over the years, it has established itself as a school in the full sense of the term: a place for postgraduate training and a research laboratory on the themes of innovation and design. The 1994 winner of the Compasso d’Oro for the quality of its academic and research approach, in 2009, for the third consecutive year, the Domus Academy was included in Business Week’s guide to the world’s top 60 design schools. In 2012 and 2013, it was included in Domus Magazine’s guide to Europe’s top 100 schools of architecture and design and in Frame’s guide to the world’s 30 leading graduate schools of design, architecture and fashion. In December 2009, the Domus Academy became one of the Laureate International Universities, an international network of more than 80 accredited institutions in 28 countries offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses to more than a million students worldwide. The courses on offer at the academy include the following Master’s programs, attended by students from around the world: Business Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design & Living, Urban Vision & Architectural Design, Fashion Management, Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising, Visual Brand Design, Luxury Brand Management. www.domusacademy.com
Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
Founded in 1956 as the first Academy of art and design in the new China, it has trained a large number of professionals. Many Academy graduates now occupy important positions in the country’s colleges and universities, research institutes and major companies.
The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University is the leading Chinese research institute for art and design. It has been included twice in US magazine Business Week’s guide to the world’s top 60 design schools. www.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/ad