Culture and Crisis: The Urgent Role of Culture and Creativity in Crisis
Therme Forum at Design Miami/ Basel 2019
COVID-19 has shown the incompatibility of certain cultural practices and modes of behaviour with continued human life. The doorknob, for example is known to transmit disease, but is hardwired in contemporary human life. It should have been replaced long ago, but it wasn’t – due to cultural programming. This example shows that culture plays a much more important role than we generally admit. No change can happen without taking cultural practices into account.
To ensure the viability of future life, large-scale cultural adaptation is now needed. This interdisciplinary session will consider the role of culture in this widest possible sense, exploring the urgency in developing new cultural technologies.
David Adjaye; Founder & Principal Architect, Adjaye Associates Adrien Cheng, Entrepreneur Nicolai Frahm; Co-founder, Frahm & Frahm Bjarke Ingels, Architect Svetlana Marich; International Director, Phillips and Co-founder, Malevich.io Hans Ulrich Obrist (Keynote Speaker); Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries Simon de Pury; Art Auctioneer, Advisor & Collector Roya Sachs; Curator, Lever House Art Collection Sarah Wilson, Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art
Moderated by Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Vice President, Therme Group and Curator, Therme Art Program
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