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musée des Arts décoratifs
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Porte-conteneurs Maersk Triple E en construction, Corée du Sud<br/> &copy; Alastair Philip Wiper
Porte-conteneurs Maersk Triple E en construction, Corée du Sud
©Alastair Philip Wiper
design, exhibition

Unintended Beauty - Project by Alastair Philip Wiper

from 20.06.2020
at 11h00
to 10.01.2021
at 18h00

The exhibition Unintended Beauty is a photographic exploration inside production sites around the world (adidas, Bang & Olufsen, Boeing, CERN, Kvadrat, Playmobil, etc.).

The project offers a rare insight into places of work that are normally kept behind closed doors and reveals the hidden beauty and the incredible complexity of these infrastructures.
Machines that smash atoms together, make fabrics or produce medicines, all result from human collaborative imagination and tell us about who we are: our needs, desires, madness and our vision of the future. The sustainability of this future depends on our ability to create and innovate. This exponential creativity associated with cutting-edge technology strongly contributes to our well-being and at the same time constitutes a threat to life on earth.

These aesthetically fascinating images question the human being and his complex relationship to the machine. The exhibition offers an ethical reflection on production methods, which remains one of the key issues for design.

In parallel with the exhibition Playground - The design of sneakers where Wiper’s photographs of the adidas production sites in Bavaria and Indonesia are shown, Unintended Beauty is presented from June 20, 2020 to January 10, 2021 at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux.

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