Boro: The Fabric of Life, 2013

 

A collaborative exhibition design between the internationally renowned Domaine du Boisbuchet, The Vitra Design Museum, Le Centre Georges Pompidou, and Parsons The New School for Design, “Boro: The Fabric of Life” comprised a collection of 50 pieces of repaired futon covers, kimonos, work garments, and household textiles created by Japanese peasants between 1850 and 1950. Boro textiles represent essential principles of traditional Japanese ethics such as the favoring of the sober and modest (shibui); imperfections expressed by irregularity, incompleteness, rawness and simplicity (wabi-sabi); and regret about any waste (motttainai).

Set within 300 square meters of space in the Boisbuchet chateau, I worked with the exhibition team to install objects, images, text, and video, and construct, paint and arrange backdrops for display.  All circuitry was hard-wired in a parallel circuit and all installation structure, display, and frameworks were 100% generic and crafted by hand.

“Boro” was an exhaustive and intense exercise in curation with composition, lighting design, projection design, circuitry, as well as utilization of an aesthetic of a patchwork use of color within an architecturally fragile space.