When we study records of a distant past, the borderlines between cultures are obliterated and the world appears to us as a place of interdependencies and mutual inspirations. Traces of cultural impact can be found in myths and artefacts preserved in archaeological or ethnographic museums. Since time immemorial our ancestors who lived in what is now Poland and Sweden traded with each other and in this way exchanged artefacts. It is easy to indicate common motifs in folklore as well as similar or actually the same techniques used in everyday objects or decorative motifs.
Irrational Times is a Polish-Swedish exhibition of contemporary design, inspired by the mutual impact of Slavic and Scandinavian cultures across history; these influences include e.g. similar technical solutions encountered in the discovered elements of tangible culture as well as myths and legends. The objects for the show are made by the Polish design studio Kosmos Project and by Petra Lilja Design from Sweden. The first exhibition will be held in Kalmar Konstmuseum in Kalmar, Sweden, the other one in the Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden. Both shows will be curated by a team composed of the designers taking part in the exhibitions and the Polish curator Magdalena Pop³awska.
The objects for the show are created through an ongoing dialogue between the project participants, a regular, long-term exchange of inspirations, impressions, experiences, and knowledge. In practice, the designers engage in this dialogue both in writing, when they share their reflections, and through their objects and installations (each new object is a response to the ideas of another dialogue partner related to the culture of Poland or Sweden).
The curators and designers are inspired by Polish and Swedish mythologies, legends and folk tales as well as by the techniques encountered in the discovered elements of tangible culture. This helps them find common or corresponding elements and highlights the intercultural dialogue which for centuries has been taking place between Sweden and Poland. This collaboration bears fruit with design objects making use of motifs of both cultures and moreover combining old crafts such as weaving, carpentry and woodworking with cutting edge techniques used in design.
More information: http://irrationaltimes.eu/
Irrational Times is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland