Contemplative Bath(tub)

by Giorgio Gasco

14 Dec 2018
31 Dec 2021

With this installation Giorgio Gasco represents his internal conflict: Should a designer always choose for a sustainable completion of the design to save the planet, or does he allow himself the empowering freedom to create anything he wants?

Fascinated by the forces of nature, the artist wanted to capture the wild and pure feeling of the Romantic painting ‘the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’. But nature is no longer what it used to be. Should designers accept or fight this? With this organic-looking yet synthetic bath, Giorgio creates a new context for reflection.


Close up bathtub (Influence of nature by petrochemicals) - Maxim Damper

Nowadays the sense of environmental responsibility and even guilt compete with a feeling of power and an immersion in the freedom of making for a designer. In order to restore an internal sense of equanimity and a comprehensive and holistic vision, we need to step out and create a new context for reflection. We need to take a bath and ponder the incoherence of human nature—our fragility, our strength, and our solitude amidst the infinite.

Now it is your turn, come to Mediamatic, take a bath and experience your thoughts in a new context.

Giorgio Gasco

Born in 1992, Giorgio Gasco graduated in Design and Visual Communication at Politecnico di Torino (IT) where he studied systemic and strategic design. The same year he has been selected for a one-year residency to work at Fabrica, the Benetton’s communications research center based in Treviso. There he worked in product design, scenography and conceptual installations. He recently obtained the master degree in Contextual design at Design Academy of Eindhoven where he developed a versatile approach between art and design. His recent works are sharp representations of human behaviours through the observation of artefacts. Giorgio takes his inspiration from the fight between the most primitive and instinctive human needs and the complexity of the world. The leitmotif of his projects results in material excess, visual incoherence, tension, violence, and decadence.


Contemplative Bath(tub) by Giorgio Gasco
Open during the opening hours of our restaurant

Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam
The installation is located in the Plant Kamer on the ground floor of Mediamatic Biotoop.