Hans Ulrich Obrist

“There’s a long history of curating, and I think there’s an amnesia about that history,” he tells ESSENCE Lifestyle. “[So] it’s an interesting paradox that more and more things are being curated, and the word has broadened a lot and is now used outside of exhibitions.”

In an exchange with J.G Ballard, the late English novelist once told Obrist that he defines curating as “junction making”, and it’s exactly that concept – the mass connection of terminally curious homo sapiens – that excites Obrist about his role. Here, in this exclusive video interview, the most pioneering compiler of human endeavour – whose extraordinary conversations with artists, architects, scientists and other luminaries over the years comprise the archives underpinning his on-going series of books, ‘The Conversation Series’ – reveals the inner workings of a truly extraordinary mind.

A Summer’s Tale

So there could not be a better setting for this short vignette, featuring the flagship model, which depicts a young nobleman and his lover coming together in earnest contemplation of how the time-honoured tenets of artistic excellence compare with the cutting-edge sublimity of contemporary art and innovation.

Cliveden House, Berkshire

As well as British summer style traditions, the film – which stars British model Toby Huntington-Whiteley – is a toast to the marriage of intellect and creativity. Hence, our protagonist takes a contemplative stroll through the stately home’s library and, happening upon one tome – The story of Eames, a celebration of the boundary-hurdling designers Charles and Ray Eames – plucks it from the shelf, sits down and begins expounding on the eternal relationship between time, art and detail.

The two characters, like the masterminds behind the new Mulsanne, are intellectual prospectors, as well as pioneers: creators by dint of their primary role as curators. They harness all that is virtuous, charming and ingenious about the past, then employ it to carve out a better future: one in which the concept of innovation itself is revised and refined, bolstered and bettered. Never beholden to or burdened by the past, the past is rather the prism through which they see future possibilities.

Like the Mulsanne – “An exquisitely crafted environment in which drive time becomes time to think”, as the marque itself puts it – the film distils the very spirit this issue of Essence Lifestyle – one which celebrates not just contemporary achievements, but also the exhilarating future of human creativity.

Karl-Edwin Guerre

Simon de Pury

Style, substance and sympathy

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