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Welcome to an exhibition about design right now! AKUT showcases what is happening on the design scene and provides new perspectives on design and crafts.

AKUT is a series of exhibitions that set the stage for design and designers who are interested in the latest developments and work with major changes that have significance for all of us. The exhibition series addresses topics where design and designers are at the center of major societal dilemmas and challenges.

Animal and plant species are becoming extinct, biodiversity is steadily declining, and places and areas are disappearing as a result of human use of the Earth’s resources. The world is changing, but are we aware of the consequences? The exhibition ENDANGERED SPACES & SPECIES focuses on how designers and architects are currently using advanced digital technology to explore, “preserve,” and recreate the places and species that are disappearing and becoming extinct. They bring to life the past, present, and future, thus making the radical changes present to underscore the need for urgent action.

A world that is both in ruins and flourishing

Digital designer and artist Ida Lissner explores the relationship between human, nature, and technology in computer-generated images and 3D animations. She creates sensual, virtual worlds with stories that mimic the experienced past and nature as we know or remember it. The digital animation The sky has not fallen yet (2022) is part of Ida Lissners ongoing body of work that attempts to shift our perspective of reality and challenge our common understanding of the natural world. It is a process of re-imagining the stories, images and metaphors that shape ecological thinking and an exploration of how to thrive and survive on a damaged planet. The work shows the juxtaposition of contrasts that seems to be a living condition of The Anthropocene – the age of human impact on Earth. A world that is both in ruins and flourishing, and where hope and despair coexist.

Traces of a changing climate

Tideland Studio works across natural sciences, design, architecture, and art and combines field recordings, storytelling, and experience design in their efforts to find new perspectives and solutions to the challenges we face now and in the future. In the Archive of Endangered Spaces project, Tideland Studio has explored, measured, and captured data from the depths of Svalbard’s glaciers and attempted to capture the traces of a changing climate. The virtual landscapes are just as intangible as the Arctic ice. It turns out that observing the world with laser precision does not provide any precise answers, but fascinating new perspectives on a landscape caught between duration and collapse. The project shows the interaction between digital and physical worlds, between scanning and manufacturing, between science and fiction.