On a warm summer day, we headed to the pleasantly cold forests of Kočevje, to the location of the episode Occupying Woods. We explored the projects made by the interdisciplinary team and baked some bread and potatoes in the wood stove 'Common Stump' by the world-renowned French designer matali crasset.
Our first guided tour took us to the location of the episode Countryside Reloaded. The surroundings of Genterovci temporarily turns into a special kind of discovery path, a four kilometer long surrealistic tour of learning about food production and consumption processes, experienced through walking, foraging and eating food.
Check out the beautifully elaborated web page Occupying Woods that presents the projects of the episode set in the virgin forests of Kočevje.
"The Ljubljana Biennial of Design is now underway, a chance to examine the reasons and the forms of a phenomenon that is taking place in Slovenia and beyond: the gradual return to the countryside."
Towards a "smart land" - Article about BIO 25 by Marco Sammicheli, Abitare.
First users of the wood stove by designer Matali Crasset in the forrests of Kočevje. The forests of Kočevje and Rožni studenec hide the wood stove The Common Stove by matali crasset created as a part of the episode Occupying Woods. Make some tea or even fresh bread!
On Thursday, 25 May, saw the opening of FARAWAY, SO CLOSE - 25th Biennial of Design (BIO 25) curated by Angela Rui and Maja Vardjan. This edition of BIO presents an exhibition at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) and installations on seven locations across Slovenia - at Rožni studenec in Kočevje, in Trbovlje, in Mayor’s cave near Grosuplje, in Kobarid, in Genterovci near Lendava, at Monfort in the municipality of Piran and Ljubljana.
BIO 25 is represented by seven multidisciplinary teams, led by international guest designers in dialogue with seven Slovenian professionals, that were asked to explore precise locations as contemporary ruins, countryside, caves, forest, post-industrial sites, the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea as platforms from which to launch a discussion about our broader contemporary social condition.