“We got offered these five days, as a precious time in our independent paths, to think, meet a whole bunch of new people, discover a new city and eventually fall in love…I easily fall in love, with people, with places, with beautiful minds, and these few days were plenty of them.
“The link between my work (playground : picture above) and something I’ve found in Basel would be one of the flowerbeds we’ve seen in one street (picture below). What I liked about it is that it was natural, raw, wild form in the city instead of being overdesigned, sleek and trimmed.
“Basel has an inspiring alternative side: a quite big and well-working urban agriculture network, an alternative currency (the Netzbon), while 23% voted YES for the basic income. The whole experience reminded me of my utopian dreams of a world where work and money are disassociated, money has no storage value (like the netzbon) and it is just a means-to-an-end and people do work which they find meaningful.
After Basel academy, Sophie Krier makes links between her work and some events and talks that happened during the week. Here is what she writes about it :
“What I search for is ways to weave meaningful relationships, between people, places and things, between humans and non-humans. What does it mean to create something in a world where all beings, things and phenomena are interdependent, and react upon one another? What kind of attitude does this ask of the artist? How to deal with complexity?
Yesenia Thibault-Picazo is a French-born multidisciplinary designer and musician – she currently lives and works in London. Defining herself as a ‘Material Teller’, Yesenia explores the narrative potential of materials. Her work is situated at the junction between craft practices and environmental concerns is informed by interdisciplinary collaborations.
Julia Stern was born in Paris in 1988. She studied Photo and Video at ENSAD in Paris from 2007 to 2012, and then at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains. Her work bears on sensorial perceptions and altered states of mind, more particularly through approaches of shamanism, as reflected in her movies, the Structure of the Diamond (2012) and Searching for L frequency (2013).
Something & Son is a London based practice founded by Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth working across art, design and architecture. Their work is rooted in a inquisitiveness and experimentation reflecting varied backgrounds and shared passion for socially driven and environmental projects that tackle the challenges of our time.