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(Archive) Antifragile Ceramics

‘Antifragile Ceramics’ is part of the exhibition ‘Something Fragile’ in the former brewery of the Schellens Factory.

This project was part of DDW 2023
Sprouting vase detail — © Noman Meihandoest

The inspiration for the pieces on show came from the word Antifragile.

Author Nassim Taleb defines the term this way: Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.

We must adapt to the ever changing kaleidoscope that is our reality.

In both art and design it is often if not always necessary to have an antifragile personality. We must adapt to the ever changing kaleidoscope that is our reality. Picking up all the broken pieces from our past and present circumstances and using them as fuel for our engines of imagination.

According to Darwin's Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

In this exhibition you will see pieces from the artists ‘Antifragile Ceramics’ collection. Which is the continuation of her previous project ‘Smashing Heritage’, where she uses discarded and broken ceramics to create new pieces. (Last shown at the Venice Design Biennial.)

Ivi van Keulen invites you to be inspired. To break free from constraints and open your eyes to all the possibilities imaginable..