• Medicinal cannabis greenhouse, Denmark, 2019

    Medicinal cannabis greenhouse, Denmark, 2019

  • Odeillo Solar Furnace, French National Center for Scientific Research, France, 2012

    Odeillo Solar Furnace, French National Center for Scientific Research, France, 2012

  • Wooden mock-up of the ATLAS detector, CERN, Switzerland, 2013

    Wooden mock-up of the ATLAS detector, CERN, Switzerland, 2013

The musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design

39 Rue Bouffard, Bordeaux, France

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Unintended Beauty – Photographs – Alastair Philip Wiper

Address 39 Rue Bouffard
Bordeaux
France
Opening hours 11 am - 6 pm Closed on Tuesdays and on holidays (open on July 14 and August 15).

The exhibition Unintended Beauty is a photographic exploration inside production sites around the world (adidas, Bang & Olufsen, Boeing, CERN, Kvadrat, Playmobil, etc.). The project offers a rare insight into places of work that are normally kept behind closed doors and reveals the hidden beauty and the incredible complexity of these infrastructures.

Machines that smash atoms together, make fabrics or produce medicines, all result from human collaborative imagination and tell us about who we are: our needs, desires, madness and our vision of the future. The sustainability of this future depends on our ability to create and innovate. This exponential creativity associated with cutting-edge technology strongly contributes to our well-being and at the same time constitutes a threat to life on earth.

These aesthetically fascinating images question the human being and his complex relationship to the machine. The exhibition offers an ethical reflection on production methods, which remains one of the key issues for design.

In parallel with the exhibition Playground – The Design of Sneakers (April 9 – September 27, 2020) where Wiper’s photographs of the adidas production sites in Bavaria and in Indonesia are shown, Unintended Beauty opens on April 2 at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Bordeaux.

  • Medicinal cannabis greenhouse, Denmark, 2019

    Medicinal cannabis greenhouse, Denmark, 2019

  • Odeillo Solar Furnace, French National Center for Scientific Research, France, 2012

    Odeillo Solar Furnace, French National Center for Scientific Research, France, 2012

  • Wooden mock-up of the ATLAS detector, CERN, Switzerland, 2013

    Wooden mock-up of the ATLAS detector, CERN, Switzerland, 2013