Luc Merx reflects in this lecture on the interrelationship of the ruinous and the natural through the experience gathered from the work of Rokokorelevanz.
Since 2001, Luc Merx has been investigating the art, craft, and architecture of the 18th century in the research and empirical project "Rokokorelevanz" and comparing it with the influence of digitalization on today's design. Rokokorelevanz explores how historical references from Rococo and its conceptual framework can enrich the design process today, focusing on and testing the interaction between tool, material, and product.
The work of Rokokorelevanz is internationally discussed and exhibited, as an example at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Gallery Moss New York, Würzburg Residence, the Architecture Gallery Weißenhof in Stuttgart, the Architectural Association in London, the Foundation Werner Oechslin Library in Einsiedeln in Switzerland. Merx is the founder of the design office Gagat International in Rotterdam and co-founder of the Felsberg Academy at Feslberg Future Labs; he is currently teaching architecture at Art Academy in Maastricht and was professor at the German University of Cairo and Technical University Kaiserslauten.
The lecture is organized within the seminar “The Goodness of Contamination: Discovering Plants and Architecture of the Völklinger Hütte,” Prof. Sandra Bartoli, Prof. Frederik Künzel
Image: “Wardian Case” installation by Rokokorelevanz (Trees Merx, Joep Merx, Luc Merx), 2022