Felix Bell


Felix make objects to unravel the tensions between culture and nature, giving agency to the unseen entanglements that surround us everyday.
He often embraces multidisciplinary design research to tell stories which result in projects that have a varied outcome, from installations to moving image.. 

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INTERIOR LANDSCAPE

Life within the cracks of the anthropocene


2022

Moving Image & Intstallation
DAE Grad Show Dutch Design Week

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Interior Landscape addresses two thematic areas. The first explores the entanglements between different elements or patches that make up the interior landscape. While the second area focuses on showcasing the liveness that happens within the cracks of modern design.

When I speak of landscapes I am using Anna Tsings definition as ‘active life worlds’, open to emerging forms and possibilities. Like a quilt, a landscape here is made up of a diversity of patches. A patchwork of rivers and forests is a landscape, but so too is the bark of the tree on which insects have created micro-ecologies.1 This allows a landscape to be at any scale as long as it involves interacting patches. Thinking of landscapes through a series of connected trans-scalar patches opens up the practice of architecture and design to being thought of as an organic body such as a forest or the ocean, with multiple actors that transcends different scales. And by seeing the interior as a landscape we take the first steps in opening up the threshold between the inside and the outside.

The second area focuses on showcasing the liveness that happens within the cracks of the modern built environment. We see that corners, edges and cracks are where more-than-humans flourish within this landscape.2 An emphasis on the cracks in modern architecture and design is where I see the development for mutual world building. By allowing space for these interactions and connections to happen within the gaps of architecture and design, we can start to think that the art of architecture not solely as an anthropocentric endeavor but rather a partnership of spontaneous world building between human and other beings.3

It is with thinking through patchworked landscapes and cohabitated interiors, design could become an initiation of a process allowing projects to grow and thrive over time. A slow process of building worlds together we can find a sense of solidarity with the other and can take the first steps in founding a kinship with more-than-humans, including them in our processes and being included in theirs rather than us being a detached observer on the other side of the window.

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1)  When the Things We Study Respond to Each Other: Tools for Unpacking “the Material” Anna Tsing -  Published May 2019

2) Evolution of the indoor biome - NESCent Working Group on the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment - Published April 2015

3) biodiversity is messy: a plea for wilder cities - Marco Roos - Published October 2021.

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Research contributors


Rebecca Lewin - The Curator of Exhibitions and Design at the Serpentine Galleries in London.

Rob Dunn -  Biologist / Ecologist who has written several books and science essays exploring the multi scaled life that surrounds us in our homes.

Julia Rijssenbeek - A PhD candidate in Ethics of Technology at the Philosophy Group of Wageningen University. She explores the ethical and ontological implications of cell factories.

Angelo Renna -  an architect that has grown a particular interest in preserving and implementing natural elements in architecture.

Meredith Root-Bernstein - A PhD in Ecology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The theme across Meredith’s work can be described as ethnobiology










Felix Bell

Felix is a designer & artist based in the Netherlands. His work focuses on melding the divisions between culture and nature, giving agency to the unseen relations that we are entangled with in modern society.
He often embraces multidisciplinary design-research to tell stories which result in projects that have a varied outcome, from installations, moving image to writing.

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