The past decade has witnessed a rapid escalation in the frequency and scale of disasters, crises and catastrophes – from ecology and social economics to politics, ethics and technology – creating a sense of impending doom. Who is doing anything about it? Governments seem more concerned with power over each other, and business about cashing in on desperation. Along these seismic contours, preparation for a broad array of possible doomsday scenarios has sparked new interests, hobbies and communities, as well as alternative channels for the production and distribution of emergent knowledge.
Staying Alive draws on the designers’ ongoing research into how society is adapting to and learning for what seems to be an inevitable future of scarcity. Alongside the simultaneously humorous and sobering research into new survivalist communities, and the bizarre commercial products that cater for them, the installation includes a number of designers and artists whose provocations challenge us not to settle fatalist future trajectories.
ARTER GALLERY (EARTH SCHOOL)
İstiklal Cad. No:211 34433 Beyoğlu-İstanbul
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 19.00
Friday: 10.00 - 22.00
RESEARCH, CURATION & DESIGN BY SULSOLSAL
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Works contributed by Demystification Committee, Andrea Karch, Tattfoo Studio, Fahmy Shahin, Arvid&Marie, Theo Deutinger, N55, Janna Ullrich, Mary Ponomareva, Disarming Design from Palestine, Meeus van Dis, Lukas Engelhardt, João Roxo, Design Displacement Group, Human Rights Foundation, Kerim Bayer.