Curated by: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rebecca Lewin
CAMBIO - from medieval Latin cambium - means "change, exchange". This is the title of the multidisciplinary exhibition of the duo of Italian designers Studio Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi, 1983 and Simone Farresin, 1980) which from 15 May to 24 October 2021 brings an exhibition project born from a research on the governance of the wood industry.
The exhibition, originally initiated and organized by the Serpentine Gallery, was curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rebecca Lewin in London, and with Cristiana Perrella at the Centro Pecci.
The wood industry is one of the largest in the world, in economic and ecological terms. Clothing, furniture, paper, fuels, fertilizers, are just some of the thousands of products that derive from trees. The intensive use of this resource has put entire ecosystems and their biodiversity at risk in different parts of the world.
The exhibition presents data and research in the form of interviews, installations and videos made by Formafantasma at the end of a long period of research. Each of these investigations developed in collaboration with experts in the fields of science, engineering, environmental policy and philosophy.
CAMBIO offers a reflection on the role of trees as sources of information, sensors of global climate change, but also as a solution to these changes, for their ability to absorb carbon dioxide. Furthermore, trees, or rather their vulnerability to intense meteorological phenomena due to the excessive exploitation of forests and monocultures, represent a warning that signals the damage of unsustainable development.