COSMOS, Design from here and beyond

CID – Grand-Hornu


Elina Ulvio, Kuu. © Karin Ulvio
From October 24, 2021 until February 27, 2022
Black holes, dark matter, spiral nebulae, exoplanets, gravitational waves, big bang, the multiverse... The countless objects and cosmic phenomena that shape our universe offer as many sources of inspiration for literature, music, visual and live arts... Design is no exception to this same fascination.
Since the dawn of humankind, the universe has been the deepest source of wonder. What is our place in this vast expanse of space, that took its origin some 13.8 billion light-years across? How did the cosmic evolution enfold? Are we alone? Why does the universe exist at all? This “Cosmos” exhibition reveals the work of designers who have conceptually, technically or poetically explored our universe’s architecture and the hidden physical laws that govern it. From Albert Einstein’s general relativity to quantum theory, from gravity to the nature of space and time, from the micro to macro scales, our modern picture of the cosmos is brought to life through various design or architecture projects that take us well beyond these scientific roots, bearing witness to its mysteries and beauty.
The exhibition is divided into four parts. The first, Micro/Macro, will convey the vertiginous scale of the cosmos: from the tiniest particle to the immensity of the galaxies. For this introduction, an immersive installation will be created in the Magasin aux Foins (Haystore) by Klaas Verpoest, Vincent Caers, Benjamin Glorieux and Stéphane Detournay. We will then begin with our own  environment, Planet Earth, one of the objects in the solar system. This will be the theme of the second part: the Solar System, its planets and some of the remarkable phenomena observed
there, including eclipses and meteorite falls. Part three (An Open-pit Mine) analyses the composition of the planets and the celestial objects in the solar system, raising economic and political questions about the exploitation of the substances found in space. Who do they belong to? Who should benefit from them? We then climb up a bit higher for part four, as we set off to explore our own galaxy as well as Distant Galaxies. Through these faraway regions, tens of billions of light years away, the laws of physics remain constant. Universal forces (gravity, electro-magnetism, strong and weak nuclear forces) apply in the same way as in our Milky Way. These phenomena, both mysterious and scientifically observed, have inspired the work of many designers who, often relying on theoretical representations or scientific observations, appropriate these phenomena and give them their own personal twist. With an eternal fascination for so much beauty.
Gio Tirotto, I'm not weird I'm limited, Coexist serie, Secondome edition
Astrid Krogh, Illimited
StudioNucleo, Moon Mission, Toy, Driade
Roxane Lahidji, Planètes. © photo Marina Ninichronic
Roxane Lahidji, Planètes. © photo Roxane Lahidji
Nathalie Dewez, Moon