climate capsules: means of surviving disaster
climate capsules: means of surviving disaster climate capsules: means of surviving disaster
jul 12, 2010

climate capsules: means of surviving disaster

climate capsules: means of surviving disaster museum für kunst und gewerbe hamburg, germany on now until september 12th, 2010

‘flyhead’, 1968 by haus-rucker-co a helmet that distorts surrounding noise and features a lens like visual unit of a compound eye, much like an insect. on the exterior, the design is made of transparent and hemispherical plastic components.

in view of the advancing climate change, the exhibition ‘climate capsules: means of surviving disaster’  poses the question: ‘how do we want to live in the future?’ and draws attention to the socio-political consequences of coexistence under new climatic conditions. in relation to the issue that politicians are hesitant to enforce strict measures for climate protection and that citizens are very sluggish about altering their habits, the change appears inevitable. the world community is accordingly confronted with the challenge of investigating various possible means of adapting to climate change. this exhibition brings together historical and current climate-related models, concepts, strategies, experiments and utopias from the areas of design, art, architecture and urban development – pursuing not the aim of stopping climate change, but envisioning means of survival after disaster has struck.

‘shrink‘, 1995 by lawrence malstaf

more than thirty mobile, temporary and urban capsules intended to make human life possible independently of the surrounding climatic conditions is on view – from floating cities and body capsules to concepts for fertilizing sea water or injecting the stratosphere with sulphur.

‘shrink‘, 1995 by lawrence malstaf

the strategies presented at the exhibition aim not to slow or stop climate change but to adapt to its expected consequences. they include protective measures against flooding and overheating as well as geo-engineering, i.e. large-scale interventions in the global climate. in the past, these technologies have been usually subjected only to critical discussion in regard to their technical feasibility. until now, their possible socio-political effects have for the most part been ignored. however, according to friedrich von borries, the curators of show, their impact on the structure of the global society can hardly be overestimated. in the endeavour to make life possible independently of outward climaticconditions, these strategies encourage spatial, social and political isolation. motivated by climate-related considerations, they could well lead to inclusion and exclusion on all levels of life, from the interpersonal to the global. they create the conditions for social segregation and global polarization.

‘oase no. 7, documenta 5’ 1972 by haus-rucker-co a hammock hung between two palm trees enveloped inside an artificial sphere.image © dennis conrad

the exhibition objects can be divided into five categories: body capsules, living capsules, urban capsules, nature capsules and atmosphere capsules.

‘oase no. 7, documenta 5’ 1972 by haus-rucker-co image © dennis conrad

‘oase no. 7, documenta 5’ 1972 by haus-rucker-co image © dennis conrad

‘flying garden, air-port-city , cloud city’, 2005 by tomas saraceno an alternate interpretation on the urban vegetable patch

‘le parole’, 1998 by pablo reinoso visitors immerse their heads into an inflatable textile balloon, sharing air and audio visual space. part of the body capsules category of the exhibition, this piece explores how humans may protect themselves from environmental pollution and other climatic conditions.

‘la parole’, 1998 by pablo reinoso image © dennis conrad

superstar: a mobile china town’, 2008 by MAD architects image © dennis conrad

superstar: a mobile china town’, 2008 by MAD architects image © dennis conrad

‘lilypad, a floating ecopolis for climate refugees’, 2008 by vincent callebaut architectures a floating island intended for climate refugees in the event of rising seawater in low-lying parts of the earth.

‘museum of nature’ (work in progress), from 2000 by ilkka halso

‘museum of nature’ (work in progress), from 2000 by ilkka halso

‘dome over manhattan’, circa 1960 by richard buckminster fuller and shoji sadao

‘adaptation laboratory’, 2004 by ingo vetter

‘clean air pod’, 1970 by ant farm (chip lord, doug michels and curtis schreier)

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