Mutant Matter is a minimalist exhibition created in collaboration between FranklinTill and Dutch Invertuals, and installation design by Daphna Laurens. Humankind used to take the materials of nature offered and make them into something new. Now, there’s a new stage in the cycle, as nature takes human materials and transforms them once more. The making materials of today become the mined resources of tomorrow. Plastics are written into the fossil record. Industrial waste streams decay into intriguing new substances. Humans have entered the Anthropocene era – a new geological age where human making has realigned the processes of nature, forever blurring the boundaries between the natural and the man-made.
For Mutant Matter, 10 Dutch Invertuals designers each present a vision of how the evolution and mutation of materials might be harnessed to bring about a more livable future. Works include entirely new materials and revaluations of old ones, experiments with recycled objects and repurposed waste streams, and radical new methods of making and thinking about design. As part of the exhibition Mutant Matter FranklinTill are curating a series of talks exploring our current and future relationship with materials and the role of materiality in design.