WHICH TOPIA?

It’s the last weekend to see Utopia—Dystopia at A/D/O

Architecture Design East Technology

This is the last weekend to see the exhibition Utopia—Dystopia at the A/D/O space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Designed by Inaba Williams with MTWTF, the show questions whether we must choose between utopia or dystopia as technology radically alters the world around us and the ways that we belong in it.

The prevailing mindset is that technology is leading us toward either a great human revolution or certain social collapse. But we aren’t tied to one way of seeing the world. Other realities besides this one are possible and designers offer alternative ideas that change our beliefs of how it has to be.”

Staged in four categories: “Identity, Territory, Interface, and Action,” the exhibition “aims to prompt discussions about what kinds of environments designers will create in order for us to gain a different perspective about the future uses of technology.”

Utopia—Dystopia is on view through May 3 at the recently opened A/D/O space at 29 Norman St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which also features a coffee shop, restaurant, and co-working spaces alongside exhibitions and installations.

Identity

To be human is to be enhanced by technology. What are the right steps to exceed the limits of the human body in order for people to become their future selves?



Territory

With the help of technology, nature itself can be designed. Can we make nature resilient to the harmful effects of technology, rather than the other way around?

Territory

With the help of technology, nature itself can be designed. Can we make nature resilient to the harmful effects of technology, rather than the other way around?

Action

Automation reduces the number of actions we perform. As actions become more frictionless and disconnected from the laws of physics, what kinds of human gestures will designers propose to accomplish physical tasks—from waking up to finding a spouse?

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