With the theme of the Natural and the Artificial, the three-month summer workshops will be investigating the contrasts and transitions between artificial and natural elements through a variety of seminars.
Located on a 15th-century estate in the south-west region of France, between Poitou-Charentes and Limousin, Domaine de Boisbuchet provides an inspirational setting for artistic expression and experimentation, and attendees are privileged to be lead by an impressive program of tutors from the fields of architecture and design.
Workshops range from the installation of an ‘Internet of Trees’, which illuminates Massimo Banzi’s Arduino technology, to cooking a three-star ‘Survival’ menu from wild-grown ingredients with food designer Katja Gruijters.
For the first time, two African designers will be attending – Cheick Diallo from Mali and Hamed Ouattara from Burkina Faso – to share their expertise. Mixing simple techniques with modern and contemporary shapes, both artists have developed authentic styles, which integrate a traditional appreciation for colour.
Graphic designers Antoine+Manuel represent French creativity at the event, as does Elise Fouin, who will be holding a workshop on wool, and Elise van Mourik and Laure Jaffuel from Parking Club who will conduct a workshop with Jerszy Seymour.
Included in the lineup of internationally established artists, designers and architects is scenographers GroenlandBasel, who have instructed there in previous years, as well as Nacho Carbonel and experimentation freaks Mischer’Traxler, while Peter Marigold will be switching from wood to plastic. The Corning Museum of Glass will showcase their impressive mobile furnace and using Boisbuchet’s Korean kiln in collaboration with Max Lamb and Sigga Heimis.
Along with some talent from past seminars, some new faces will be leading the 2014 workshops as well, which continue to underline the workshop’s high-profile interdisciplinary character, including Scholten&Baijings, who explore personal colour schemes and Jonah Bokaer, who develops a design-related choreography.
United Visual Artists relate time and space, Alexander Brodsky from Russian creates outdoor installations, Hae Cho Chung from Korea finds innovative applications for a traditional lacquer technique and Italian designers Formafantasma research the ambiguity of the manmade and nature.
The hands-on, free-style and interdisciplinary seminars attract ambitious and talented students and professionals from around the globe for a unique and intense period of creativity, research and exchange.
The Domaine de Boisbuchet summer art workshops run from 13 June to 15 September. View the full program and register for workshops.