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future sense projects

With the title of future sense, DesignAgenda addresses the sustainability of our society from the point of view of design. How can creativity, process-oriented thinking, or aesthetics contribute to the viability of a pluralistic, democratic, and sustainable society? Do designers have a special sensorium to render the current problems visible? Is the handling of open-ended processes in design a competence that takes into account the complexity of the present and the uncertainties of the future? Is it the task of artists and designers to initiate, implement, or exemplify the so-called “great transformation”? The exhibition brings together projects dedicated to our relationship to nature, to materiality, and nutrition, dealing with the value of waste and production and consumption cycles, declaring upcycling as a maxim or critically dealing with diversity.

Plants are among the oldest living beings. Through the eons, they have always found a way to survive, and they are able to cope with change by their own strategies of resilience. They can be great teachers in a world that is driven by self-optimization, 24/7 availability, and overconsumption. Plants are pioneers in co-operating with their environment.

The significance of technologies and techno-scientific methods in the arts for the perception and aesthetics of things ecological

Peppermint on the banks of the River Rhine, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) at the theatre, meadow sage (Salvia pratensis) just round the corner – the Jardin Sauvage turns the city into a harvest field.

Waste can be a promising resource or an annoying remainder; waste is political and social, but above all unavoidable. Waste never disappears completely and always leaves traces. Times of Waste – What’s left focuses on the life of a smartphone.

The couture collection Suspended Bodies That Will Never Fall is based on a state of uncertainty in which the future is caused by a static balance between opposite entities that are not yet aligned. In this moment, different entities such as human beings, clothes, and waste are becoming suspended bodies, in which any movement is captured.

Natural materials are usually modified for better performance. In this work, I reverse this process by letting nature modify human-made materials and the result is, therefore, beyond the ordinary experience of natural materials.

Violet, orange, green, pink, blue, turquoise, and yellow are the bright colours of Li and Lu. The toy consist of two parts: Lu, the console, and Li, the controller. Lu’s orange disk can rotate faster than the wind, or slower than a snail; it can change directions swiftly like an antelope and jerk and twitch like a beetle.

What does “beautiful“ mean, when you can‘t see? This was the initial question, the answer to which was sought in a theoretical field study.

A woman of Southeast Asian origin, a homosexual man from former Yugoslavia, a coloured, gay, transgender man: In this interactive installation, Elinor, Meloe, and Pascal depict how multiple discriminations are affecting their everyday life.

Migration is one of the oldest phenomena in human history. Nevertheless, controversial attitudes and discourses still challenge us. In Switzerland, the proportion of the foreign population is 25 percent; far more people also have a migratory background.

The Transformation of Industrial Products by Closed-Loop Recycling Management

Biowaste does not belong in the garbage, but should be recycled. For this reason, the Radschaft pilot project started with the collection of biowaste from private households.

Why not explore the obvious close by – the hyperlocal, that is – through different perspectives instead of travelling far searching for interesting topics? Hyperlocal design activism is a method driven by a can-do and why-not attitude.

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