Poetry Happens - Made in Berlin

01.06.2011 - 05.06.2011

POETRY HAPPENS is an exhibition bringing together some 15 internationally acclaimed designers and artists.
The first show took place in Milan from April 12-17 2011, as part of Ventura Lambrate 2011, a satellite event accompanying the Milan Furniture Fair.

The exhibition was invited to present itself at the DMY International Design Festival, so there will be another opportunity to see the show on home turf in Berlin from June 1 to 5 2011.

The exhibition displays authentic, archetypal projects, prototypes, objects and installations with a narrative design quality. Participating designers and artists explore the different ways in which their work relates to poetry.

"Design as a creative discipline always floats between pure culture and an applied profession that caters to specific needs," said Werner Aisslinger, Tim Brauns and Fabien Dumas. The organizers of the exhibition and Berlin-based designers want to emphasize the experimental, cultural, in short: the poetic quality of design. This aspect can manifest itself in manyfold ways. There can be poetry in the way certain products mirror their creator's personality. Or, for instance, in the way prototypes and mock-ups tell the story behind the creation and show how an idea evolves, thus lending them a narrative quality that often make them more striking than the final product. Collages can have a poetic quality, breathing new life into parts, principles or mechanics of existing ‘everyday’-products, and turning them into into new hybrid objects, which, unlike standard industrial products, proudly sport the signs of their former existence.

Charles Bukowski famously said ‘Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.' The exhibition POETRY HAPPENS invites all visitors to discover the different ways in which design, art & poetry inevitably intertwine.

POETRY HAPPENS, featuring works by Studio Aisslinger, Studio Makkink & Bey, Mark Braun, Fabien Dumas, e27, ett la benn, Formfjord, Harald Gottschling, Mathias Hahn, apparatu/mashallah, Clemens Tissi, Marre Moerel, Jerszy Seymour, Maria Volokhova and Chinabrenner.

Exhibition from June 1 - 5, 2011
@ DMY International Design Festival Berlin
Tempelhof Airport
Platz der Luftbrücke 5, Berlin, Germany

The exhibition POETRY HAPPENS has been facilitated by DMY and CREATE BERLIN and is supported by Berlin’s federal initiative Projekt Zukunft, co-financed by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund (Investing in Your Future).

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The press on the POETRY HAPPENS Exhibition:
  • "L'invasione barbarica: La Poesie e la libertà proguettale dei designer berlinesi approdano a Milano per la Design Week. Le linee guida? Autoproduzione, sperimentazione e il fare con le mani." Cecilia Fabiani, Elle Decor mag, Italy
  • "Art, poetry and design mix in an exhibition curated by Werner Aisslinger, Tim Brauns and Fabien Dumas." Domus online, Italy - http://www.domusweb.it/en/photo-essays/poetry-happens-/
  • "After a week’s reflection, The Moment ends its coverage of Milan’s design week with a look at a few more of our favorite things. At the “Poetry Happens” exhibition in Ventura Lambrate, Maria Volokhova, an artist born in Ukraine and based in Berlin, showed some of her strange and beautiful porcelain pieces, like Dolci Lacrime, a teapot that sprouts human legs." "The teapot (...) typifies Ms. Volkhova's preoccupation with making things that are neither 'functional' nor 'art,' and with exploring our perceptions of the human body." Pilar Viladas, New York Times on Sunday, May 1 2011 and t-Moment Blog, USA - http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/milan-report-the-wrap-up-part-ii/
  • "(...)Poetry Happens certainly provided a good mix of ideas, styles and approaches and did justice to design in Berlin and Berlin design." Minimum Blog, Germany - http://www.minimumblog.com/2011/04/fuorisalone-milan-2011-poetry-happens-made-in-berlin/
  • "The exhibition ‘Poetry Happens’ will display the works of 15 designers for a specific purpose: allow for their peers, architects and artists to come together to express approaches and interpretations of works related to poetry." Lydia Parafianowicz , FRAME Online, Netherlands - Milan Preview #8: Poetry Happens
  • "The Dutch designer (by way of London's RCA, New York and now Madrid) Marre Moerel debuted "Food on the Table" a new collection of ceramic tableware and lighting at the Poetry Happens show in the Lambrate design district here in Milan. The pieces are cast directly from animal organs—cow hearts, pig intestines, sheep brains, bull testicles—and artfully immortalized as overhead lighting, plates, jugs and serving trays. I personally loved the hoof pendant light and the liver tray." LinYee Yuan, core77, USA - Salone Milan 2011: Food on the Table, ceramics by Marre Moerel
  • "'tools table lamp' (...) a ready-made lighting object designed by berlin-based designer fabien dumas (...) is part of the 'poetry happens' exhibition at ventura lambrate during milan design week 2011. here, designers, architects and artists give their personal approach and interpretation of their work in relation to poetry." Designboom Blog, Italy - http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/13644/fabien-dumas-tools-table-lamp.html
  • "Milan 2011: German designers Ett La Benn show these vases made of biodegradable cellulose as part of Poetry Happens at Ventura Lambrate in Milan this week." Darthblender Blog, http://darthblender.com/design/modern-design/kami-pots-by-ett-la-benn/
  • "Many works on display attested to an exploration of connections, such as those small, oft-neglected screws, wires and adhesives that hold an object together. Back in 2009, Jerszey Seymour presented his "Workshop Chair"; it boasted a backrest, legs and armrests connected by means of blobs of wax. Hardly surprisingly he was involved in the exhibition "Poetry Happens" at Lambrate." Stylepark, Germany - http://www.stylepark.com/en/news/sawdust-noodle-bars-and-flip-flops/319723
  • "Staged in Ventura Lambrate during Milan's design week last month, Poetry Happens! aimed to showcase the high standard of design currently emerging from Berlin." homebuildlife-Blog from WGSN, UK - http://wgsn-hbl.blogspot.com/2011/05/hbl-exhibitions-poetry-happens.html