Collective Exhibition
Curated by Salvatore Peluso and STANDARD404
Camp Design Gallery, 8 September 2021, Milan

Camp Design Gallery presents Movimento, a curatorial project by STANDARD404 and Salvatore Peluso, with projects by nine design practices from Eindhoven, Madrid and Milan: Andrés Izquierdo, Elissa Lacoste, Inés Sistiaga + Lucas Munoz, La Cube, Matteo Pellegrino, Parasite 2.0, PLSTCT, Shahar Livne and Tellurico.

In the Italian dictionary, among the meanings of Movimento (movement) you can find: “any phenomenon of aggregation and mobilisation of individuals who, as a result of socio-economic changes, develop consciousness about their social group identity and actively engage to achieve a change in their condition or in the political system itself.”

The curatorial project proposed by La Cube and Salvatore Peluso is a network design, which brings together free and autonomous practices, unrelated to industrial logics and immediate functionality. Those presented at the Camp Design Gallery are projects that can tell stories, explore the possibilities of matter and its cultural meanings; they are projects that undermine the Western concept of comfort and that generate ambiguity rather than having a specific use.

The quality of the Movimento is determined not only by a common attitude among designers, but also by a relational structure built around them. In other words, the Movement is born from – and continues to promote – the dialogue between its components. Personal and professional contacts, direct and indirect, form a network built slowly over the years through exhibitions, meetings or conversations.
The role of the curator is therefore like that of the community organiser, who is above all a figure capable of listening and whose intent is to build relational power, ensure autonomy and empowered action to civil (or design) society.

These elective affinities have generated a socio-professional and personal context that can be considered as an ecosystem within a boundless environment that, although not hostile to these practices, is not hospitable to proposals that question the fundamentals of the discipline. Milan is a particularly significant place for this exhibition because, despite being the world capital of design during its Design Week, it currently lacks the most critical and experimental forms.

Movimento brings here a selection of international authors in an alternative occasion to the Fuorisalone, where usually the spotlight is on the big brands and the presence of independent designers is obscured by too many proposals. Movimento is a collaborative platform for independent designers, which transforms the gallery spaces into a third place dedicated to meeting and exchanging ideas.