Thinking the Conditions of Our Time
Broken Nature is a result of our Broken Human Nature. Initially, humans manipulated the environment in ways that Richard Dawkins described as evolutionarily stable strategies. However, our modes of production in the time since the Enlightenment have involved—as noted by Clive Dilnot and Tony Fry—a negation of our interdependence with the natural world. Instead of harmonizing our practices with the system in its totality, we have been moving toward anthropocentrism and thereby towards dominance and destruction of nature–both without and within us.
The actions of humankind may have the power to destroy, but they also have the power to regenerate. We have the knowledge and ability to give back more than we receive. In order to achieve this, we have to change the way we live and operate.
The exhibition presents selected Slovenian design projects that are based on the principles of an evolutionarily stable strategy and the practices of a "natural" designer, whose primary design concern is preserving optimal relationships within the existing natural system (that consists of all living beings on the planet). By demonstrating an alternative, we not only expose the shortcomings of the current design approaches, but also offer possibilities for their reform.
The exhibition is accompanied by the book Thinking the Conditions of our Time.