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Forêt DesCartes

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Filippo Cattapan


Forêt DesCartes is a prototype of a postcard display designed by Belgian architect Christian Kieckens in 1995.

This curious object evokes Kieckens’s habits and practices: the collection of images and their arrangement in space, travel as a form of disciplinary exchange with a community of practice, and the teaching of architecture by means of references. Forêt DesCartes is an experimental spatial device for handling, transmitting, and producing tacit visual knowledge.

Forêt DesCartes, a play on words that combines ‘forest of cards’ with the surname of René Descartes, proposes a visual system of accumulation and production of knowledge that, although based on a regular Cartesian grid, is structurally implicit and non-linear.

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Filippo Cattapan is a PhD candidate at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, working within the framework of the Communities of Tacit Knowledge network.


This object is part of the TACK Exhibition “Unausgesprochenes Wissen / Unspoken Knowledge / Le (savoir) non-dit”, in the section “Horizons and References”.