jessica charlesworth

March 2014 TEASER: NEW SURVIVALISM : ALTERNATIVE BUG-OUT BAGS @ Istanbul Design Biennial




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For the upcoming Istanbul Design Biennial Tim Parsons and I will be creating a series of alternative survival kits for short-term evacuation after a disaster. As a limited and contained set of objects, the contents acts as a comfort blanket for our uncertain future, revealing our deepest hopes, fears and convictions at the most critical moment. This project takes a speculative design approach to survivalism and asks “what alternative scenarios of survival are there that avoid the bunker mentality and respond to currently emerging research into technological change, environmental conditions and belief systems?.’ Thinking of what would go into one’s own Bug Out Bag is therefore an easily understood act of speculative design that prompts reflection on our own values and principles.

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3 Responses

  1. John Moore says:

    Hey guys,

    Loving the survival kits!! Very thought provoking and I look forward to hearing all about it when I see you. Can’t wait!! I hope all the preparations are going swimmingly, I’m going through the same experience. Just sent the work to New Jersey which will feature in SOFA and I’ve got another fair starting on Thursday…. constant craziness. All the best and speak soon. Jxxx

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