From 17 – 25 October 2020 (during Dutch Design Week), Baltan Laboratories will host an exhibition consisting of multiple art installations and video works, inviting visitors to critically explore how to invert the paradigm of unlimited growth and reclaim economy as we see fit. More info TBA soon. Location: Natlab, Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Economia identifies the following threads in its overall program:
#Nature’s Economies: can our economy become like nature, a closed system that grows, flourishes and decays, where flows of matter, lives and energy are feeding each other and balancing out at the same time? What would be needed to create alternatives that adhere to the (existing) laws of nature?
#Shifting Value: shifting the notion of value implicitly changes the economy, since value is the measure of benefit. Acknowledging other values, besides the strictly economic one, has a big impact in the perception of growth and development of our society but also in our personal lives. Can this shift in perception, besides saving us from an environmental crisis, also make us happier and more fulfilled?
#Re-designing Infrastructures: sometimes changing a complex system is not about starting from scratch but rethinking its mechanisms. Infrastructures (work, health, transport, welfare, taxation…) are the building blocks of our economy: could redesigning them trigger a bigger change on a societal level?
The theme Economia, derives from Homo Economicus, a concept in which man is first and foremost an economic being, directed towards the satisfaction of his needs in an efficient, rational and logical manner. Economia will examine which systems maintain this deeply held belief and prevent real change. Moving away from a world driven by profits over everything else, Homo Economicus could fulfil its role as an (economic) being in relation with the world, exploring the new ideals of saving the planet, preventing the exploitation of people and fantasizing about inverting the paradigm of unlimited growth.