March 2011, Milan
Rotor is a collective founded in 2005 and based in Brussels who’s members (Tristan Boniver, Lionel Devlieger, Michael Ghyoot, Maarten Gielen, Benjamin Lasserre, Melanie Tamm) share a common interest in the material flows in industry and construction.
Ex Limbo, the project presented by Rotor at Fondazione Prada, was an investigation of the architectural and scenographic elements realized for the fashion show sets designed by Prada and OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) for more than a decade. After being used, they returned to a status of raw materials and were placed in storage at different locations.
The starting point of this project is a curiosity for the materials used, the reasons why they have been conserved, and how this was practically managed. Rotor’s work consists in bringing forth the ‘remnants’ of a world that after a moment of meaningful splendor is discarded and put in limbo, inviting a second look at the forgotten.
The exhibition hosted a labyrinth of elements that bear witness, simultaneously, to the amount of work involved in producing each fashion show, and to the silent existence of its materialization beyond the event: ex limbo.
Photo: Agostino Osio