This exhibition, featuring drafts and realized work by Helmut Smits, transmits the energy of the eureka experience: it is a display of ideas and models for ideas. This exhibition shows a world of ideas and boosts the energy of creative potential and an open mind.
Using unexpected materials and apparently out of nothing, working with existing objects, Helmut Smits creates products we can do something with, or alters spaces and situations. The result is functional: you may call it design – or just a damned good idea which stimulates the senses.
People are always ‘Building the Future’; we are passionate inventors, usually driven by our craving for progress. We identify problems or situations we want to change, we try out something and do a little test to see if it works out. Often, a good idea is as simple as ABC - you just have to think of it, that’s all!
Helmut’s idea of progress produces progress in the shape of irrepressible enthusiasm: the kind of enthusiasm which energises the eureka experience. Things and their functions are no longer strictly defined; it is all about needs and possibilities. Tolerances are being stretched - of ownership, operating instructions and therefore good manners as well. That may be the most important contribution of the eureka experience Helmut produces: a stretching of our tolerance with respect to our material world. Maybe his ideas are not even products, but just services.
This exhibition transmits the energy of the eureka experience: it is a display of ideas and models for ideas. This exhibition shows a world of ideas and boosts the energy of creative potential and an open mind.