The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures
IFTF's Future Gallery features The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures
What will we wear when rising sea levels, increased global temperatures, superstorms, drought, and polar vortexes become the new normal? The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures exhibition at IFTF’s Future Gallery speculates on our environmental futures through the lens of high fashion.
Artist and designer Catherine Sarah Young, in collaboration with scientists from the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, have developed this work in previous exhibits in Singapore, Manila, Seoul, San Francisco, and New York City. The exhibition will feature interactive projects and welcomes audiences of all ages. The Apocalypse Project is a participatory platform where people can discuss their ideas about what makes a sustainable planet and what is a desirable future.
Imagining the Future under Climate Change
- Climate Change Couture: Haute Fashion for a Hotter Planet imagines what we might wear under anthropogenic climate change.
- The Weather Millinery is a hat project that makes the consequences of climate change visible.
- The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store is a perfume line of smells that we could lose in the natural world because of climate change.
- Wild Jewels explores the possibilities of wearable technology that responds to future environmental scenarios.
- Future Feast imagines potential dishes we might have if our supplies of meat, dairy, and wheat are used up.
- Climate Closet invites people to try on Climate Change Couture and to draw their own designs.
- Mission Apocalypse challenges participants to answer climate change-related questions hidden in the gallery and win an official The Apocalypse Project Commander Badge.
- Let's Prevent the Apocalypse by... invites people to share their sustainable solutions.
Art and Science in Climate Change
Climate change is real, and yet it is easy to feel helpless or apathetic. How can the arts contribute to society as we navigate through these environmental issues? While science can show the realities of climate change, art is part of a holistic way of addressing the future, providing a safe and open participatory platform where people can talk about the futures they want or don't want. Art can be the emotional hook to fuel our dreams for a sustainable world.
Although "apocalypse" has end-of-the-world connotations, which could be what can happen if we keep mistreating the planet, the word comes from a Greek word that means “disclosure” or “to take off the cover” or “to unveil”. The Apocalypse Project isn’t solely about potential catastrophic events, it’s also about revealing the face of environmental problems through these projects and an invitation for individuals to reflect on their own relationships with the planet.
About the Artist
Catherine Young is an artist, designer, researcher, and writer whose work explores alternative futures through interactive storytelling and sensory experiences. She uses her interdisciplinary practice to create high impact projects and exhibitions that evoke conversation about our collective futures from a wide range of audiences. Her first solo exhibition was in a science museum.
She received her degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from Manila, fine art education from Barcelona, and has an MFA in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York as a Fulbright scholar. Previously, she participated in residencies and fellowships in New York, Barcelona, Seoul, Singapore, and Manila.
Visit the Exhibition: Sept 21 - April 18
The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures is open from September 21, 2015 - April 18, 2016 in the IFTF Future Gallery at 201 Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto, California.
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