to be leavers, rather than takers
an immersive exhibition + curation of work to encourage curiosity + creativity
Consumption aims to engage the undertones of a much broader picture. In our modern world, we can easily identify our consumption; we can see the ruin, feel the chaos, we can hear the dissonance. We are motivated to to push boundaries and generate a pause; because we believe awareness is the most vital component for collective change.
Our independent and immersive exhibition was an exploration of what lies at the root of this disharmony. It’s very obvious to look out at our world and say, we over-consume material goods, many of us are unhappy, we’re abusing our planet, etc. While these statements are true, where do they stem from? What underlying issue is bleeding these symptoms?
The work feels like an exploration of self confrontation, a gaze into the black mirror, so to speak, a sober look at what we’re masking.
Acknowledging first, that consuming is not the essence of who we are. We have a long prehistory of problem solving and creating within the harmony of the rest of the world. Our ancestors were not consumers. Their mere existence depended on the constant flow of problem solving and innovation. As human beings, creating is an integral part of who we are. However, in this modern age, we only assign ‘creativity’ to the academic artist, one of our culture’s most tragic barriers to entry.
We have reached a different standard, one so fully immersive and all encompassing we can barely see it, and disconnect feels synonymous with normalcy. Our systems reflect this new normal and run with it. Addictive culture encourages us to forfeit our power, to substitute the vulnerability of creativity for passivity.
While we attempt to manage the sensory overload provided by our cultural demands, we are tapped out, and curiosity feels like a luxury. Both internal and external narratives remain on autopilot, unchallenged, entire empires built upon faulty foundations.
As we paused to sift through the unconscious stories we know as our foundation, the story of Eve came to the forefront. This story can be seen as the original consumption, and we intentionally forced viewers to interact with this narrative upon entering the exhibition. Eve represents one of the most impactful narratives woven into our fabric as a civilization. This tale has dictated the iconic cycle of female shame over the last 2,000 years. The pinnacle of human sin, the shattering of paradise, all wrapped up in one tiny choice, to consume the apple. While this story applies specifically to the lens and culture we were born into, it’s a theme that takes many forms across the world.