Factory farming or laboratory meat, cuddly pets or robots in animal form – the relationship between animals and humans is often the subject of hot dispute. How can humans and animals live together sustainably and what possibilities will technology and science open up in the future? Contemporary design has embarked on a revealing search for answers.
Animals have always served important purposes for humans– whether as food, a source of raw materials, scientific test object or social companion. When, however, the optimization according to human expectations goes so far that animals are having to undergo cosmetic surgery and are bred artificially in laboratories, or even serve as organ donors for humans, we have to ask whether these “creatures” are even still animals at all? The designers and artists in this ex- hibition pose the question as to the “acceptable degree” of manipula- tion, taking a look at the relationship between humans and animals from new perspectives.
Martin Avila, BLESS, Melanie Bonajo, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Center for PostNatural History, Marcus Coates / Volker Sommer, Thalia De Jong, Aleksandra Domanović, Konstantin Grcic, Christine Herdin / Katharina Wahl, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, Silvia Knüppel, Max Kosoric / Sanne Pawelzyk, Dietrich Luft, Christien Meindertsma, Next Nature Network, Ana Rajcevic, Veronica Ranner, Peter Schäfer, Johanna Schmeer, Susana Soares, Sputniko, threeASFOUR, Thomas Thwaites, Marije Vogelzang, Pinar Yoldas