I spy, I spy a little lie, Marres, from 13th December to 4th February 2017, Maastricht.
What design tools and modalities can we use for the common city? How can we shape it? Today, what we still use to create our habitat consists of a series of elements and theories inherited from modernity. The architect Giancarlo De Carlo, in his Architecture of the participation says that “firstly, we can say that to label and classify human behaviors we must have recourse to ‘typification.’ We must, in other words, create a model-man who produces action which can be considered typical. Let us observe that the model-man has neither society nor history, that his perimeters do not extend beyond the rotation of his members. His behaviors are no more than abstract descriptions, having a little to do with reality: they embody neither contradictions nor conﬂicts because the circle within which the behaviors of the model-man occurs is empty “. The project imagined for Marres tries to deny and subvert this condition decomposing and recomposing the design modernist paradigm by playing. Within the standards of Le Corbusier’s Modulor, it is impressed the violence of the homogenization of behaviors. While the modernist design is based on a top-down approach, on the typification of the human body, and thus on standards, in order to rethink the future common habitat it is necessary the subversion of all those modernist paradigms. With a series of simple geometrical shapes the user will be able to decompose and rebuild those elements through simple joints, thus playing as a child.
I spy, I spy a little lie, curated by Evelyn Simons and Isabel van Bos.
14.12.2017 – 04.02.2018
Participating artists: Henry Andersen, Felix Breidenbach, Alejandro Cerón, Nicholas Hoffman, Aurélie d’Incau, Jesuus, Tim Löhde, Jose Montealegre, Ektor Ntourakos, Johanna Odersky, Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (Gary Farrelly and Chris Dreier), Nadia Perlov, Maria Gil Ulldemolins and Remko Van der Auwera.
Scenography: Parasite 2.0
Collaborator: Matthias Verhoene
Graphic Design: Roxanne Maillet
Parasite 2.0 is a design and research agency based in Milan and London. Founded in 2010 by Stefano Colombo, Eugenio Cosentino and Luca Marullo, they investigate the status of human habitats, acting within a hybrid of architecture, design, and scenography.
Parasite 2.0 has worked and collaborated with Triennale Milano, Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, Ikea, Missoni, Terraforma Festival, Sunnei and Venice Architecture Biennale, among others.
They taught at The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, NABA Nuova Accademia Belle Arti Milano, MADE Program and since 2022 they have been regularly teaching at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Parasite 2.0 were awarded the YAP Young Architects Program MAXXI in 2016.
Via Boncompagni 51/10,
Milano, 20139, Italy.
Cell Studios, Grosvenor Way,
London E5 9NE, UK.
info [at] parasiteparasite.com
parasite2.0 [at] gmail.com
Cosentino Eugenio (founder)
Luca Marullo (founder)
Colombo Stefano (founder)
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