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NEW SURVIVALISM: Alternative 'Bug Out Bags' - Parsons & Charlesworth
"New Survivalism: Six Alternative 'Bug Out Bags' commissioned for Istanbul Design Biennial, 2014

Parsons & Charlesworth present a new body of work entitled New Survivalism - a speculative design approach to survivalism that asks “what alternative scenarios of survival are there that avoid the bunker mentality and respond to currently emerging research into technological change, environmental conditions and belief systems?”

Exhibited as a range of six mini-manifestos, New Survivalism uses designed objects and storytelling to explore the survival strategies of a disparate set of protagonists, each with a very different take on what they “need”. The projects consist of six fictional protagonists and their six alternative survival kits alongside six story texts. Each one contains a mixture of found and designed objects that suggest what each protagonist would have in their kit.

To accompany the bug-out bags, New Survivalism includes a tool for assessing what might be valuable to us in the not-too-distant future. A choose-your-own-adventure-style questionnaire, (designed with Christopher Roeleveld) this adaptive manifesto guides us to reflect on who we are as individuals and what a crisis might mean for our interests.

Commissioned by the Istanbul Foundation For Culture and the Arts(IKSV) for the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial and curated by Zoë Ryan and associate curator Meredith Carruthers, the biennial entitled “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, hosts 53 projects that ask: “What is the future now?” By rethinking the manifesto as a platform to frame pertinent questions, the projects question the role of design, its relationship to society, and its ability to be an active agent for change.

2nd Istanbul Design Biennial
The Future Is Not What It Used To Be
1 November - 14 December


“We see that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unraveling. We don’t believe that responses to this global reality can be confined, as they currently are, to the political, scientific or technological: they need to be cultural too.“
-The Dark Mountain Project

Since the threat of nuclear cataclysm in the mid twentieth century “survivalism” has embedded itself in the public consciousness as an attitude and a body of knowledge for those intent on planning for the worst-case scenario. Typically survivalists pursue extreme self-sufficiency, squirreling food, medical supplies and weapons, undertaking related training and identifying safe havens. The focus is on reverting to tried and tested means, and as such, it is anything but progressive.

Conventional survival kits address only the bottom of Abraham Maslow’s famous Hierarchy of Needs (the physiological and safety needs of food, water, shelter etc.). Rather than replacing such kits, the alternatives proposed here represent the higher concerns of our protagonists; the protection of culture, the ability to make good decisions, the facility to plan and dream, the provision of access to cheap power, among other things.

As thought experiments intended to broaden debate about how we approach the concept of post-disaster scenarios in our culture, these alternative survival kits are intended as a starting point for you to engage with the question “what would you pack for the future?""

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2014  timparsons  jessicacharlesworth  speculativefiction  designfiction  speculativedesign  survivalism  future 
november 2014 by robertogreco
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"In twenty years' time will I be out holding up some pathetic light among the ruins of a destroyed city, wondering where my wife is, dying of thirst, deaf in one ear, covered in radiation burns?

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future  disaster  pessimism  survivalism  history  war  environment  economics  wgsebald  books  cities  society 
october 2007 by robertogreco

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