16 April 2014
Restarting, recommencing, re-founding. This appears to be the most impelling urge when the world seems to be saturated not just with unnecessary forms, but also and above all with superfluous functions. Re-Fire is an object-manifesto, one of those conceptual projects that are intended to make you think. The scenario is not the science-fiction one of a post-atomic wasteland, but that of the void in design within which Francesco Faccin is offering us a moment of silence made up solely of basic capacities. Lighting a fire is the degree zero of humanity, the thing that has distinguished man from the animals, giving him the possibility of bettering and saving himself. Fire, which has always existed in nature, becomes the objective of human design: the act of rubbing materials together was one of the first means developed by reason to replicate and control the forces of nature. Thus relighting the fire with this “existentialist” kit can induce us to think about what might permit us to take a new step in evolution today, prompted by our instinct for survival. Getting rid of everything and restarting from an elementary act as physical and mental training, rather than an exercise of style.