On the occasion of the 1000th issue of Domus magazine, 88 years after it was founded by Gio Ponti and Gianni Mazzochi, the publisher dottoressa Giovanna Mazzochi invited all living former Chief Editors to edit a section of the magazine. The #domus1K Time Capsule project represents the Grima era of Domus magazine and features in print a ten page photo love story. For the project Joseph summoned a series of collaborators from his years at Domus: Clemens Weisshaar for the industrial design of the capsule; Marco Ferrari, Art Director emeritus of Domus, for the graphic design; and photographers Ramak Fazel and Delfino Sisto Legnani to document the burial of three time capsules. Interred across three continents they contain instructions written by key contributors to Domus during the Grima tenure for their part in a future exhibition to coincide with Issue 2000 of Domus, which, if it continues at it's current rate, will be published in 2104.
"In honor of Domus and the extraordinary vision of its audacious founder, we're going to stage the most radical and extraordinary happening of architecture, design and art ever seen. The thing is, we won't see it either, as it will take place after we're all gone. We are asking all those friends who made our years at Domus so extraordinary - designers, artists, architects, photographers, writers, thinkers, makers and provocateurs - to contribute a project to a happening that will take place on occasion of the publication of Domus Issue 2000. If it continues at its current rate, allowing for a pause here and there, this exhibition should take place in 2104.”
The Grima call to action was heard by many: Aristide Antonas, Kunle Adeyemi, Lorenza Baroncelli, Mario Bellini, Tatiana Bilbao, Selgas Cano, Matilde Cassani, Formafantasma, Beatrice Galilee, Konstantin Grcic, Giancarlo Mazzanti, David Neustein, Pernilla Ohrstedt, Jonathan Olivares, Fig Projects, Luis Pimentel, Gianluigi Ricuperati, Vera Sacchetti, Tomas Saraceno, and Francesco Vezzoli, amongst others.
The capsules also contain German, Italian, US and Chinese government bonds that will hopefully appreciate to secure finance for the show. And they are built to last: CNC milled in Brianza from V4A stainless steel, sealed using a set of neoprene, silicone and silver gaskets and laser engraved with instructions designed by Marco Ferrari.
The precise locations of the three capsules are documented in two mother capsules, which will be handed down through the families of the founder, Gianni Mazzochi, and former Chief Editor Joseph Grima. Both of these contain GPS co-ordinates, however one holds only the set of longitudes, the other the latitudes. They will have to be opened simultaneously in 2104 to recover the buried capsules and stage the exhibition.