Matali Crasset - The Ancestral Weave

Matali Crasset : The Ancestral Weave

with the collaboration of Jean-Denis Filliozat, Michel Frey & Charlotte Poupon

An environment to make peace with one’s ancestral weave, a travel through our genealogy and our humanity.
The robots allowed in a first phase to develop some knowledge on our psychic, cognitive .... functioning with the idea that such functioning would be modelled on ours. As suggested by Gabriela Airenti, “when we put an object as our interlocutor, we presume that it has the same mental characteristics as human being. The anthropomorphism derives from the need to build relationship with the others.

The project is based on the assumption that the next steps could be that the robot itself in turn helps us know ourselves, in particular with the aim of finding back a certain equilibrium. The project of integration of such a robot is developed from the neurosciences perspective.


Matali Crasset is by training an industrial designer, a graduate of the Ateliers – E.N.S.C.I. (Workshops – National Higher School of Industrial Design). At the beginning of 2000, after her initial experience with Denis Santachiara Italy and with Philippe Starck in France, she set up her own studio in Paris called Matali Crasset productions in a renovated former printing firm in the heart of Belleville. It is there, with the coming and going of children and neighbours that she dreams up her projects.


She considers design to be research, working from an off-centred position allowing to both serve daily routines and trace future scenarios. With both a knowledgeable and naive view of the world, she questions the obviousness of codes so as to facilitate her breaking these bonds. Like her symbolic work, focused on hospitality, "Quand Jim monte à Paris" (When Jim goes up to Paris), is based on a mere visual and conscious perception which she invents another relation to the everyday space and objects. Her proposals are never towards a simple improvement of what already exists but, without rushing things, to develop typologies structured around principles such as modularity, the principle of an interlacing network, etc. Her work revolves around searching for new coordination processes and formulating new logics in life. She defines this search as an accompaniment towards the contemporary.

Matali Crasset works with a variety of actors, just as easily with the curious craftsman as with an individual in search of a new life scenario, with the industrialist ready to experiment as with the hotelier who wants to develop a new concept (Hi Hotel in Nice or Dar Hi à Nefta), with a small rural commune which wants to develop its cultural and social dynamism or the museum which wants to be transformed (SM’s in s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands). Always in search of new territories to explore, she collaborates with eclectic worlds, from crafts to electronic music, from the textiles industry to fair trade, realising projects in set design, furniture, architecture, graphics, collaborations with artists, and so on such as with artists (Peter Halley), with young furniture-making companies, as well as with municipalities and communes …

[Senne] is an independent, non-commercial space that intends to present, once or twice a year projects of design and art especially created and produced for the place and characterized by their innovative aspects.