[exhibition booklet]The children of Eos are raw forces that arose before humans, who want to understand and use them (and wind is one of the most ancient). Arachne's web corresponds to the thrill of defying the gods and, as a result, permanently working on artificial constructs capable of covering the world itself.The Hard Design exhibition features a wind turbine blade on Avenida dos Aliados in Porto and one kilometre of fibre-optic cable in the Florbela Espanca Municipal Library, in Matosinhos. The blade was provided by ENERCON, a company that is responsible for more than half of the wind power produced in Portugal. The cable was provided by Altice, the country's largest telecommunications company.The blade is 41 metres long and weighs 8,200 kg. It was transported from near Viana do Castelo to Porto by the LASO company. After being on display for a week it will take up its place, alongside its two ‘sisters’, in a turbine installed on one of the company's wind farms.The kilometre of fibre-optic cable was gifted to the Port Design Biennale and is a tiny sample of the facilities that sweep across our country and the world. We decided to call the first installation The children of Eos and the second Arachne's Loom.It would be hard for us to find two more relevant items than the parts in this exhibition to show the transformations that Portugal and the world have undergone in recent years at a biennale whose theme is Post Millennial Tension…Wind farms are an obvious presence in the landscape, whatever route we take across Portugal, and the relative weight of the energy generated in the total energy consumed increases every year. And in a literally underground way, fibre optics have taken over our cities, providing technical support for high-performance networks, which the vast majority of communications and information and entertainment travel through. As it is made up of two parts, the exhibition sets up a number of polarities.
Graphic and Exhibition Design SilvaDesigners
Video Afonso de Oliveira Mota
Avenida dos Aliados, Porto24.10—24.11.2019Florbela Espanca Municipal Library, Matosinhos
Eduardo Côrte-Real is associate professor, with aggregation to the IADE – European University. He is an architect, with a Doctorate in Visual Communication and Design. His career is marked by research and writing on Design, Drawing and Architecture. Between 1999 and 2005 he directed IADE's Escola Superior de Design. He's been the president of IADE's scientific council until 2012. Co-chair of seven international Design conferences and a member of the Council of Design Research Society, as well as of the executive board of CUMULUS. He coordinated IADE's doctoral programme in Design and the MA in Design and Visual Culture. Was in charge of UNIDCOM/IADE's line of research Theory and History of Material Culture. He is currently a member of the international advisory board of the journal Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, and founder/co-editor of the journal The Radical Designist.
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