Michel W. Kagan, architect and pedagogue (1953-2009)
24 hours in the life of a Swiss cuckoo clock
The cuckoo clock once evoked the simplicity of an idealised rural life in an Alpine setting, insulated from the vicissitudes of progress. But in a world governed by efficiency and subject to the laws of the market, and in a society where design is on an equal footing with art, what remains of the Swiss cuckoo clock today?
This project of renewing the iconic timepiece was conceived by designer Claudio Colucci, at the invitation of Jean-Pierre Greff, Director of HEAD – Geneva. The result is 24 updated cuckoo clocks, created by young designers in the Masters in Design program at the HEAD, directed by Alexandra Midal, and by international guest designers, including James Auger, Marco Borraccino, Nitzan Cohen, Camille Scherrer and matali crasset.
Whether the bird's little Swiss chalet is replaced by an apartment building or converted into a dock for tablet and smart phone, these clocks have retained two traditional features: they tell a story and indicate the time with a birdsong that is as regular...as clockwork.
Design historian and curator Alexandra Midal and designer Camille Scherrer will each give a lecture on Thursday, February 19, at 6 p.m. at the Centre de Design. Alexandra Midal's talk is entitled De la main de l’ouvrière au pied de la danseuse : le perfide designer [from the worker's hand to the dancer's foot: the devious designer]; Camille Scherrer's Blurring Boundaries will be a discussion of his own work, which straddles technology and craft.
In collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal and with the support of swissnex Boston.
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