Public Talk

Martino Gamper: designer harvester

A conversation with Atelier Luma's Artistic Director Jan Boelen and Atelier Luma resident Martino Gamper.

Thursday 5 December 2019
18.30 – 20.00 – Luma Arles, Parc des Ateliers
Free access
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Jan Boelen and Martino Gamper will look back on the designer’s residency at Atelier Luma. Often qualified spontaneous and improvisational, Gamper’s practice focuses on existing material as a form of creative and practical recycling to make ad hoc and intuitive objects. After two months of immersive research with his studio, Gamper will present his latest project: a framing exercise with the Atelier Luma materials. 


Jan Boelen

(b. 1967, Genk, Belgium) is artistic director of Atelier Luma in Arles, France. In 2001 he founded Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, and headed the Master department of Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Boelen currently acts as rector of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) in Germany and was curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial in Turkey in 2018. He serves on various boards and committees including the advisory board of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee in the UK and Creative Industries Fund in the Netherlands.


Martino Gamper

(b. 1971, Merano, Italy) lives and works in London. Starting as an apprentice with a furniture maker in Merano, Gamper went on to study sculpture under Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He completed a Masters in 2000 from the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied under Ron Arad. Working across design and art venues, Martino Gamper engages in a variety of projects from exhibition design, interior design, one-off commissions and the design of mass-produced products for the cutting edge of the international furniture industry. Gamper was the recipient of the Moroso Award for Contemporary Art in 2011, and the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year, Furniture Award in 2008 for his project ‘A 100 Chairs in 100 days’.


About Luma Eco Days

"The urgency of ecological issues has now also reached a continuous presence on the front pages of the media and has become a rising concern for a growing number of people. Building on a lifelong involvement for the protection of nature and an on-going engagement for restoration whenever possible, I have envisioned Luma Arles at the Parc des Ateliers as a place of creative and sustainable development that allows to express, act and contribute to issues of common concern.

Our site is composed of a variety of renovated industrial buildings and an iconic new construction conceived in collaboration with Frank Gehry from its onset in 2008, to become a beacon, not only a signal but also a shelter for our strong commitment to environmental awareness. Ten years later, it is probably reflecting an era that no longer corresponds to the drastic sustainability requirements that are now to be implemented across our actions and decisions. Yet the variety of our spaces is an adequate tool to support the core values of Luma, to produce an ambitious transdisciplinary program focusing on art, environment, human rights and education.

While we near the complete opening to the public of our site, commitment to environmental awareness and climate action still stands on top of our agenda, as it currently shows in the more visible parts of our program that are the Luma Days and Atelier Luma, before it will manifest in our upcoming exhibitions in 2020 and 2021.”
- Maja Hoffmann
Founder & President Luma Foundation


Luma Eco Days is a new initiative by Luma to bring together local and global experts each year around topical environmental issues and building up an agenda throughout the year to meet new sustainability requirements in the broadest sense. Today, for most cities, institutions and businesses, it is important to carefully consider forward-looking strategies as far as waste and energy management is concerned. Commitment to environmental awareness and climate action has been part of Luma’s DNA since its inception and especially for Luma Arles, as one of the major projects in terms of size and scope in the Pays d’Arles and the Region SUD. While having had a lifelong involvement with the protection of nature Maja Hoffmann, Founder and President of Luma, reached out to architect Annabelle Selldorf and waste management specialist Tom Outerbridge to kick-off this yearly workshop with a non-public meeting in December 2019.

Invited Speakers

  • Annabelle Selldorf, Architect, Selldorf Architects, US
  • Hervé Gbego, Expert-accountant and founder, Compta Durable, FR
  • Wolfgang Kessling, Director, Transsolar, DE
  • Tom Outerbridge, General Manager, Sims Municipal Recycling, US
  • Césare Peeren, Designer, SuperUse, NL
  • Mel Felmuller, Designer, SuperUse, NL
  • Lizanne Dirckz, Designer, SuperUse, NL
  • Jean Rapenne, General Manager, La Compagnie Énergies et Territoires, FR