Cambio originally opened 4 March 2020 before COVID 19 temporarily closed the Serpentine Galleries.
Cambio is a radical design exhibition about wood and the timber industry, bringing together films, objects, artefacts and samples, including specially designed furniture made from a single tree felled during storms in Val de Fiemme in Italy; wood samples loaned by institutions around the world, from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew to the Royal Museum of Central Africa; smells specially developed to evoke the wet earth and flora of a forest, and maps of the rainforest made by indigenous communities in the Amazon.
Cambio offers a re-evaluation of our relationship with trees and poses a series of essential questions about design and sustainability, most pertinently: What can we do to better understand the connection between the objects we use and the conditions that produced them?
Italian design duo Formafantasma are based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Their work looks at design’s ecological and political responsibilities, while probing the global industries that consume natural resources.
This project opens a new chapter in the Serpentine’s programme, embracing radical approaches to design and offering space to practitioners who operate between the traditional disciplines of design, contemporary art, and research.
Exhibition Dates: September 29 – November 15, 2020
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
West Carriage Drive
London W2 2AR
Open Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
FREE, ticket required: via serpentinegalleries.org/tickets/