Reimagining Shared Planetary Futures

Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher-Panorama II, 2018, Courtesy Beck & Eggeling © Thomas Wrede/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

A MAK exhibition

CLIMATE CARE. Reimagining Shared Planetary Futures is the MAK's comprehensive, interdisciplinary main contribution to the VIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE 2021. Based on the idea that Planet Love is not an one-way street, but that the Earth is capable of loving us back in many different ways, the exhibition explores a range of encouraging approaches for achieving radical civilizational change: a Great Transformation of society, economy, and politics, inspired by multifaceted contributions from design, arts, architecture, urbanism, technology, as well as social and cultural initiatives.

Climate Care cannot be reduced to efforts to decarbonize and achieve climate neutrality. Instead, it needs a holistic vision that places ecology at the center and emphatically incorporates social aspects – a transforma-tive vision that is intergenerational and committed to climate justice. On this basis, the interdisciplinary exhibition reflects on the potential of cli-mate mitigation, adaptation, geoengineering, regeneration, and circular thinking in different contexts and paints a positive picture of cross-species cooperation for Planet Earth’s “more-than-human” future.

The design of our environment and climate, with a special focus on areas of life and spheres of action, such as dwelling, nurturing, movement, co-operating, generating, health, and culture, is an essential contribution to a new "climate society." To help achieve it, the potentials of design strate-gies, the arts, urbanism, and new technologies can provide critical ideas and impulses for individual and collective agency.

New approaches conceived from a global perspective are also reflecting Vienna: The exhibition will critically examine Vienna – year after year named one of the most livable cities in the world – for untapped potential. In this respect, the exhibition undertakes to question and rethink the city as a representation of our world, uncover its processes, and develop mod-el paths for a climate-caring community.

In the face of the risks posed by the overall ecological crisis, the exhibition suggests a radical change of direction. It is engaging in a variety of "micro-revolutions" that condense into one grand visionary narrative: the narra-tive of a global community of all species of the Earth, natural or artificially generated, creating the conditions for hopeful paths to common sustain-able futures.

Anab Jain, Designer and Professor of Design Investigations, University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Hubert Klumpner, Architect and Professor of Archi-tecture and Urban Design, ETH Zürich; Marlies Wirth, Curator Digital Cul-ture and MAK Design Collection; Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, MAK General Director and Head of the VIENNA BIENNALE


28.05. – 03.10.



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