Design Museum Holon presents: State of Extremes
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Design Museum looks at how design and the world have changed in the past ten years
Design Museum Holon presents State of Extremes, an original large-scale exhibition of contemporary design that probes the social, technological and environmental crises that increasingly define our current condition of extremes—while also showing ways in which design can act as a mediating, moderating and healing force. Curated by Aric Chen with Maya Dvash, Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon, and Azinta Plantenga State of Extremes includes over 70 works by international and Israeli designers and studios. It marks the museum’s 10th anniversary, coming a decade after the museum’s inaugural 2010 exhibition, The State of Things.
Extreme weather, produced by climate change, is scorching and inundating the planet with record temperatures, unprecedented wildfires and ever more frequent and severe droughts, storms and floods. The echo chamber of the internet is exacerbating extreme political beliefs and social divisions, further polarizing societies already inflamed by extreme, and growing, inequality and resentments. Extremes breed more extremes, creating self-reinforcing cycles of pushback and backlash, and fuelling spiralling feedback loops of increasing intensity.
Meanwhile, science, technology and the human imagination are opening extreme possibilities that pose existential questions about what it means to be human, what is natural and artificial, and how we might adapt to “new normals” whose full implications we do not yet understand.
Rather than addressing any topic or issue in particular, State of Extremes aims to show the potential of design to reveal, critique, resist, mitigate and sometimes even exacerbate extremes and the mechanisms that drive them. At a time when our technologies, power structures and impact on the planet are engendering ever more extreme scenarios, State of Extremes is a call for moderation.
12 December 2019 - 09 May 2020