Exhibition tour

Venue #1

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CID au Grand-Hornu, Belgium

18.10.2020 - 07.03.2021



As producer of the project, the Belgian institution was the first to showcase Plant Fever and it presented it in its beautifully restored 19th-century buildings.








While testifying of the industrial past of the Grand-Hornu site*, the 650sqm open space of the Magasin aux Foins (a former hay storage building) welcomed the exhibition in a warm environment imbued with soft natural light.


* Grand-Hornu is a former coal mine and, since 2012, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn more about the institution’s story ︎︎︎ http://www.cid-grand-hornu.be/en/Grand-Hornu/




The museum’s high ceilings, red brick walls and cracking parquet floor provided the ideal atmosphere to highlight the 50+ projects in a domestic-like setting.






Thought as a learning path, the exhibition invited the audience to discover the three chapters (1. Plants as Resources, 2. Plants as Pets, 3. Plants as Allies) in a consecutive order - moving from current material experimentations to increasingly speculative design scenarios.










To go further


Here’s a selection of contents (talks, interviews, articles) that were developed in the frame of the show at CID au Grand-Hornu and that will help you dive deeper in the addressed topics.




The Visitors Guide
not the usual exhibition brochure

Inspired by the counterculture publications of the 1960s, the guide conceived for the show enriched the audience’s journey with meaningful facts & figures about contemporary issues related to the vegetal realm.

Download the guide in PDF
︎︎︎ English
︎︎︎ French
︎︎︎ Dutch





“La plante est elle un objet ?”
a chat with Quentin Hiernaux

Are plants objects? What kind of human-plant connections do design devices suggest? In this conversation [in French] the curatorial team of Plant Fever questions Belgian philosopher Quentin Hiernaux on our controversial relationships with the vegetal world.



“Devenir plante” x MAD Brussels
a web-talk calling for a transformation

Produced by MAD Brussels as part of its Inside Stories series, this web-presentation [in French] was the occasion for the curatorial team to reveal some of the research behind Plant Fever.



“Le design phyto-centré” x Dessin Dessein
a podcast about design & flora

An interview [in French] by Laure Choquer, founder of the Dessin Dessein podcast, about the role that plants play(ed) in Western interiors and art/design history.



“Shifting Paradigms” x TL Mag
a short essay

Back in June 2020, the curatorial team of Plant Fever was invited by Lise Coirier - editor-in-chief of Belgian magazine TL Mag - to contribute to The New Age Of Humanism, the 33rd issue of the publication, that she co-curated with Italian studio Formafantasma.

Read the piece

︎︎︎ Read online [EN]︎︎︎ Download PDF [EN + FR]








Exhibition colophon


Curation: Laura Drouet (d-o-t-s)

Visual identity: Matthieu Visentin

Scenography: Benoît Deneufbourg

Coordination: Olivier Lacrouts (d-o-t-s)

Production & logistics: CID au Grand-Hornu*


Direction: Marie Pok (CID au Grand-Hornu)

Graphic design coordination: Laetitita Centritto (CID au Grand-Hornu)


Translations: Right Ink, Marc Holthof, studio d-o-t-s

Proofreading: Deborah Tyler (EN), CID au Grand-Hornu (FR)

Partners: European Confederation of Flax and Hemp - CELC, Österreichisches Kulturforum Brüssel, Specimen Paris, IKEA Belgium

Photography: Tim Van de Velde, Olly Cruise

Press Office: Sophie Carrée

* CID au Grand-Hornu’s team:
Martine Acar, Dominique Blondiau, Sophia Bouarfa, Aubane Brebant, Christopher Broyart, David Buyle, Giuseppe Cannella, Laetitia Centritto, Maryvonne Colle, Matteo De Felice, Brigitte Delattre, Gaëtan Delehouzée, Véronique Demebski, Filip Depuydt, Massimo Di Emidio, Sophie Gallez, Céline Ganty, Loïc Goemaes, Marianne Jayé, Laurence Lelong, Hervé Liénard, Maxime Mairesse, David Marchal, Vincenzo Mauro, Justine Mertens, Jean-François Paternoster, Thierry Pochet, Marie Pok, Carine Saber, Matteo Sciullo, David Vilain, Maryse Willems, Cataldo Zitolo,


Designers, artists, artisans & engineers showcased at CID au Grand-Hornu:
Marjan van Aubel / Martín Azúa & Marc Vidal / Steven Banken / Merle Bergers / Sjoerd ter Borg - Aesthetics of Exclusion, Clara Langlois, Vera van de Seyp & Jorrit Schaap / Achille Castiglioni / Liz Ciokajlo / Carole Collet / Armando De Cosmos / dach&zephir & Gérard Ako / Nanna Debois Buhl / Marie Declerfayt / Stefan Diez & Hadrien Fouin / Dossofiorito / d-o-t-s / Jonas Edvard / Studio Formafantasma / Full Grown / Liselore Frowijn / Alexandra Fruhstorfer / Maïlys Gangloff & OpenStructures / Mort Garson / Gionata Gatto & Giovanni Innella / Melanie Glöckler / Goula/Figuera Studio / Paweł Grunert / Highsociety Studio / Nicole Hone / Nienke Hoogvliet / Martina Huynh /Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Università degli Studi di Firenze & Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne / Markus Jeschaunig / Spyros Kizis / Fernando Laposse / Patrick Nadeau & Mathieu Jacobs / Native Shoes / Tamara Orjola / Špela Petrič / Sarmīte Poļakova / Dan Porat / Camille Reidt / Marcin Rusak / Harpreet Sareen /Antonio Scarponi / Diana Scherer / Helene Steiner / The Plant Sex Consultancy (Pei-Ying Lin, Špela Petrič, Dimitris Stamatis & Jasmina Weiss) / Trajna collective (Gaja Mežnarić Osole, Andrej Koruza) / Matthieu Visentin / Henriëtte Waal, Mevce Çiraci & Anna Rita Spagnu / Tim van de Weerd / Florian Wegenast / Stevie Wonder










Plant Fever is a project conceived by studio d-o-t-s and produced by the Belgian museum CID au Grand-Hornu. Visual identity by Matthieu Visentin. Exhibition scenography by Benoît Deneufbourg.