Architecture for Plants, the newest installment of Quick Tiny Shows

All photos by  Javier Agustín Rojas .

All photos by Javier Agustín Rojas.

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The fourth edition of Quick Tiny Shows, a Buenos Aires- based curatorial experiment led by design impresario Juan García Mosqueda and Ries Studio, exhibits ten designers’ views on the world’s deepening environmental crisis. Disillusioned with people’s treatment of the planet, García asked ten local and international designers to develop a series of objects that propose a healthier living situation between humans and plants.

[The show is] a temporary place of pure love not only towards the objects we create on a daily basis, but towards those organisms that we take for granted, and are part of who we are and where we are going.
— Juan García Mosqueda, founder of Quick Tiny Shows

This decidedly small exhibition aims to unveil truths about how we interact with other species, by finding alternatives to the ways we coexist with plants. Here, responsibility and kindness are the fundamental requirements for coexistence, and design is used not as a tool for analysis and improvement, but as a discipline that allows us to reconnect with our immediate environment, returning us to a reality that seems to have escaped us.

“Our installation is neither a locus amoenus nor a locus terribilis - neither a beautiful ideal place to which we want to escape nor a focus of horror and violence from which we flee,” writes García on the exhibit web site.

“Rather, it is a unique meeting point without origin, which brings out magic, mystery and enigma - dark territories sadly eradicated from contemporary architecture and design. Or seen in another way, it may simply be a temporary place of pure love not only towards the objects we create on a daily basis, but towards those organisms that we take for granted, and are part of who we are and where we are going."

The selected local and international studios are: Adamo-Faiden (Argentina), Bari Ziperstein (US), Buffet (Argentina), Duccio Maria Gambi (Italy), Erik Berg Kreider (USA), Gaston Badii (Argentina), Giusto Van Campenhout (Argentina/Belgium), Lamas Burgariotti (Argentina), Ries (Argentina), and Rodrigo Bravo (Chile).

about quick tiny shows

Quick Tiny Shows is an independent initiative started in Buenos Aires, Argentina to promote the exhibition of progressive art and design ideas in new contexts. Founded in 2018 by Juan García Mosqueda and Ries, this unique platform hopes to play a vital role in the region and open new doors for experimental thinkers and practitioners who are part of a global, contemporary discourse. QTS runs on a bi-monthly basis and each edition is up only for two days, with the aim of serving as rapid, work-in-progress exercises in curatorial work that challenge traditional institutional exhibition formats.

Architecture for Plants is on show until August 28 at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA).