For ages, we thought our world was flat. A worldview which was discovered by scientists and the only thing you did or could do was assume that our world was flat. But then, suddenly the world was round. Can you imagine our world as flat again? Not really, because we accepted a new worldview. It is ridiculously hard to imagine that things were once otherwise. A shift from thinking like that is called paradigm change by Kuhn Cycle.
Many artists these days are considering this paradigm way of thinking about their work. Especially in our society which facing loads of problems as climate change, waste, the impact of technology. We live in a world where all sort of people tells us – inhabitants on earth- we need to change our system before it is too late. It seems like an impossible big project but these artists below have the courage to start somewhere and
try to make a change.
We need imagination
To achieve change, you need to envision that things can change at all. We need imagination, ideas, and views. This is exactly what creatives -like artists, designers, developers- use within their work. It is therefore not surprising that we look more and more to creative minds as it comes to solve worldwide problems. An analytic mindset alone is not enough.
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw
Get inspired by work of creatives who are fascinated by the faults in our social system, production system and the ecosystem. People who implement the design to tackle the big problems of our time;
Precious plastic is a project founded by Netherland- based industrial designer Dave Hakkens in 2013. He is on a lifelong mission to ‘try to make the world better by making thing’. Well, I can say, his mission is going pretty well so far. With his ‘build your own recycling machine’ Dave turns everyone into a recycler. The machine allows anyone to transform plastic into useful objects. All machines can be easily built by using basic affordable universal materials. Blueprints and video tutorials for precious plastic machines will always be freely available on their site. At the moment Precious Plastic established itself as a global community of hundreds of people working towards a solution to plastic pollution. And yes, you can join as well!
A bubble of clean air
If it comes to studio Roosegaarde should waste not exist in the future. With their project ‘the smog-free tower’ Beijing, world’s most polluted city, has now a bubble of clean air in the right in the middle of its center. By building a massive tower that sucks up pollution from the sky and cleans it on the nano level, Beijing’s parks are 55-75% cleaner than rest of the city. But, what about all the polluted air which is waste now? No worries, inspired by the beauty of cleanness, Roosegaarde compressed the carbon of smog for 30 minutes and made smog-free rings about that. By buying one you donate a 1000 m3 of clean air. So eventually, there is no waste at all. The smog-free tower is popping up in more countries all over the world. Besides that, team Roosegaarde is diving deeper into the problem of pollution and is currently working on smog-free bicycles.
One by one
With their Teeny Tiny Collection, duo Anouk x Vera is willing to change the fashion industry into a more sustainable production. They launched an iconic sportswear collection which will be produced especially for you. This means they don’t work with stock items to prevent the production of items that will not be sold and ‘never see anything else than the inside of a trash bin’ write Anouk x Vera. You can see their collection as a backlash against the fast fashion industry that has large consequences for our environment and caused bad working conditions as well. A great example of a pair of creative minds that found a way in which they could do something for the world using their creativity.
They know how you feel
Besides helping to solve problems, designers are heroes as well in case of raising more consciousness about current topics. Take a look at work from designer Nick Verstand. His intriguing installation Aura will let you think about the relationship between technology and us, human. What if a computer, robot or technical installation could read your mind? And is this what we really want?
Aura installation transforms analyzed data from visitors mental states into immersive ‘curtains’ of light that vary in form, colour and intensity according to the individual’s neurological activity. All emotions of people who joined aura installation will be visible to all who present. A visual installation like this will make people more conscious about urgent topics, in this case, a possible future of technology. How would you react?
All these -little or big- inventions are making difference. It creates consciousness about problems we all facing. A creative approach makes it easier for us to see and do exactly something with proposed scenarios rather than listening to, most of the time, a story. In the end, we need imagination and creative people who love to make the world a little bit better step by step.