Baltan Laboratories presents the online Economia Exhibition that consists 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. The exhibition consists of three themes: Nature’s Economies; Shifting Value; and Re-Designing infrastructures. In November we will present the themes in three video exhibitions.
Could our economy be a reflection of nature, a closed system that grows, thrives and dies? What if new economies take inspiration from self-regulatory mechanisms that are typical of natural ecosystems?
With Wither, a rainforest that is disappearing before our eyes, Thijs Biersteker helps us to imagine the immense extent of the current deforestation of the Amazon. Viral Nature – HereNowArcadia by Martina Taranto is a living material that grows and eventually decays. The geology of Silvia Noronha’s future, Shifting Geology speculates about the impact of human activity on the Earth.
Shifting the notion of value implicitly changes the economy, since value is the measure of benefit. Can this shift in perception, besides saving us from an environmental crisis, also improve our well being and make us more fulfilled?
The Always Trust Me installation by Gijs de Boer plays with the concept of trust, an important concept for the way we have organized our economy. Cassandra’s Building Climate Futures video explores how speculation could change the future starting from the recent oil price crises. In Outside, inside my nature Alessandro Cugola and Gianmarco Causi wonder about the concepts of inside and outside and explore the blurring and changing boundaries between these two poles.
Sometimes changing a complex system is not about starting from scratch but rethinking its mechanisms. Could redesigning the building blocks of our economy trigger a bigger change on a societal level?
The chatbot Isabot from Ottonie von Roeder, helps you to invest your money to speed up the automation of your daily job. Memories of Stream City by Stephane LAB shows a fictional world in which all infrastructures are commons and inhabitants behave like birds. With Immeasurable Range, Boey Wang reinterprets measurement from a subjective perception. The four measuring tools question our rigid understanding of space.