Plant Fever is a new exhibition curated and coordinated by studio d-o-t-s (Laura Drouet and Olivier Lacrouts) and produced by the CID au Grand-Hornu in Belgium. This exhibition suggests a paradigm shift when looking at the future of design, proposing a new plant-based, Phyto-centered perspective, rather than a human-centered design.
Understanding the hidden potential of plants as more than just useful resources is the main motto behind this project. As mentioned in Plant Fever‘s press release, our relationship with nature, so much rooted in Western thinking, has been progressively questioned by different scientists, researchers, and philosophers. These individuals have also been providing good inspiration to designers and engineers, who have started looking into plants and developing solutions for current environmental and social issues.
The exhibition showcases a selection of approx. 50 exhibits that investigate notions of plant blindness, ecofeminism, forestry, biomimicry, and upcycling, but also post-colonialism and cultural landscapes, ranging from products and fashion items to materials research and emerging technologies.