Conceptual Study 'Grand Hornu'
For the exhibition 'Le Labo des Héritiers' at the Le Grand Hornu art museum in Mons-Belgium, we used the context of the museum as an opportunity to transform some experiments we have been working on into sculpture.
It's not a car, but a temporarily realisation of our ongoing research activities.
In the conceptual study 'Grand Hornu', stereolithography is used to create an inner structure that provides both rigidity and inner air ducts. This allows for management of airflows of a sports car in a radically different way. Resistant air enters the structure at the most efficient point in the front and is distributed internally to the essential organs: battery, engine, brakes and cabin.
This duality is reflected in the contrasting choice of materials: stereolithography for the complexity of the inner structure and plaster for the simplicity and tactile warmth of the exterior. The newest technology co-exists with the ancient and re-enables us to imagine the bodywork as pure, free of holes, more united, closer to our human nature.
The philosophy behind the exhibition is closely linked to the 'Future Primitive' theme that Lowie developed as curator for the Biennale Interieur 2012 where the advancement of technology was embraced not as a value in itself, but as a quiet enabler for a society that evolves closer to the needs of man and nature.
With many thanks to Ruggero Cateniello, Materialise and photographer Pietro Carrieri.