The Age of.


HUMANS, CONSCIOUSNESS, ENTANGLEMENTS

Chapter II

Volvo Studio Stockholm
Jussi Björlings allé 5, 111 47 Stockholm

03.02.20 - 09.02.20

The exhibition The Age of. unfolds during Stockholm Design Week 2020 and consists of three parts:
The Age of Humans, The Age of Consciousness and The Age of Entanglements. Click here to see our events.




The Age of Humans
The Age of Humans sets the scene, narrating the background to the times we currently live in:

Modern Western culture that predominantly view humans as separate from nature, providing us with a false sense of justification to ignorantly exploit and consume other species and the planet.

Although we have only been around for a sliver of time in Earth’s 4.6-billion-year history, our impact has been instrumental in the modification and environmental damage to water sources, land and biodiversity and marine life.
The Age of Consciousness
The Age of Consciousness, presents a near future vision, in pursuit of a new design landscape, where nurture nature, nature made and ecological models underpins a conscious, symbiotic ecology. Design is equally both the creation and destruction of life.  We know, it is not enough to just design without conscious forethought. By borrowing life’s blueprints, only then, can we develop regenerative and restorative systems where luxury is no longer about creating excess, but reducing it.


The Age of Entanglements
The Age of Entanglements showchases the projects of eight international design studios who have been working with the planet of Mars as a projection plane for critique and speculation, questioning Is it easier to imagine life on Mars than to take care of life on Earth?


Imagining what would happen if focus would shift from exploiting space, just as we have exploited Earth, to develop more sustainable lifestyles in mutualistic symbiosis with other living organisms? Asking what can be learnt, or perhaps unlearnt, by imagining and designing for a multi-species life on Mars.



The Age of. is produced by non:agency with funding from Kulturbryggan,Sparbanksstiftelsen and Volvo Studio Stockholm, with support from our partners edit, Tove Alderin Studio, Simon Nilsson & Gustaf Montelius, Alessia Signorelli, Catarina Santos & Freja Emilie Kræmmer.
The agents:
Mariah Wright (USA), Cathrine Disney (UK), Nonhuman Nonsense (SE), Pleoforma (USA), Thomas Pausz (FR), Frederik Deschuytter (BE) & Pleun van Dijk (NL), Wang & Söderström (SE), Agi Haines (UK) & Nicholas Tamas (USA)

The brands:
Seed Health (USA), Bolt Threads x Stella McCartney (USA), Convivial Project (DE), OS and OOS (NL), Granby Workshop (UK), Kim Markel (USA)
Curators:
Jenny Lee & Petra Lilja










The Age of ...?

 
A Process Exhibtion at Form/Design Center, Malmö






The Age of...?


Chapter I


Form / Design Center
Lilla torg 9211 34, Malmö

27.08.19 - 06.10.19


The Age of…? is the first of two exhibitions in the project and shows the design processes where the designers explore different future scenarios through speculative design.

A two-year research project where 8 international design studios are working with the planet Mars as a projection plane for critique and speculation to create spaces for discussion and debate about what it means being human on Earth today.


As a response to environmental decay and increasing material scarcity on Earth, scientists and the space industry are investing in the potential of asteroid mining, planetary engineering and in-space manufacturing to meet the demands of our growing population.
Much of the research and development today is primarily human-centered, very little has been done to consider the potential ecological impact on this unknown environment of Mars. Is it easier for humans to imagine life on Mars than to change our destructive behavior on Earth?
At the same time, a growing understanding of that we as humans are not exceptional beings but rather fully entangled and dependent on other species, renders the urgency of our own extinction clear.
What if focus would shift from exploiting space, just as we have exploited Earth, to develop more sustainable lifestyles in mutualistic symbiosis with other species? What can we learn, or perhaps unlearn, by imagining and designing for multispecies life on Mars?



The agents:
Mariah Wright (USA), Cathrine Disney (UK), Nonhuman Nonsense (SE), Pleoforma (USA), Thomas Pausz (FR), Frederik Deschuytter (BE) & Pleun van Dijk (NL), Wang & Söderström (SE), Agi Haines (UK)