Cambio by Studio Formafantasma

At Serpentine Galleries


Formafantasma, stills from Cambio: Visual Essay, 2020. Green screen in Bosco del Chignolo, Montemerlo, Italy. Courtesy Formafantasma. Photo Credit: C41
From September 29, 2020 until October 11, 2020

Cambio, from the medieval Latin cambium, ‘change, exchange’, is an ongoing investigation conducted by Formafantasma into the governance of the timber industry. The evolution of this form of commerce over time, and its tentacular expansion across the globe, has made it difficult to regulate. It grew out of the bioprospecting that took place throughout colonial territories during the nineteenth century, becoming one of the largest industries in the world both in terms of the revenue it generates and the impact it has on the planet’s biosphere.

This multidisciplinary exhibition highlights the crucial role that design can play in our environment, and its responsibility to look beyond the edges of its borders. The future of design can and must attempt to translate emerging environmental awareness into a renewed understanding of the philosophy and politics of trees that will encourage informed, collaborative responses.

For the show we collaborated with: Environmental Investigation Agency (London), Gaia Amazonas Foundation (Bogota), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London), Thünen Institute (Hamburg), Victoria And Albert Museum (London), Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (Leiden), Marco Carrer (Dendroclimatologist at University of Padua, Padua), Emanuele Coccia (Philosopher, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Philipp H. Pattberg (Professor of transnational environmental governance and policy Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), Magnifica Comunita della Val Di Fiemme (Cavalese), Royal Museum of Central Africa (Tervuren), Sissel Tolaas (Artist and Scientist, Germany) and Het Nieuwe Instituut (The Netherlands).

Formafantasma, Cambio (Installation view, Serpentine Galleries, 4 March – 17 May 2020) Photo credit: George Darrell
Formafantasma, Cambio (Installation view, Serpentine Galleries, 4 March – 17 May 2020) Photo credit: George Darrell
Formafantasma, Cambio (Installation view, Serpentine Galleries, 4 March – 17 May 2020) Photo credit: George Darrell
Formafantasma, stills from Cambio: Visual Essay, 2020. Green screen in Bosco del Chignolo, Montemerlo, Italy. Courtesy Formafantasma. Photo Credit: C41
Formafantasma, stills from Cambio: Visual Essay, 2020. Green screen in Bosco del Chignolo, Montemerlo, Italy Courtesy Formafantasma. Photo Credit: C41
Formafantasma, stills from Quercus, 2020. Courtesy Formafantasma