ECO VISIONARIES – ART
AND ARCHITECTURE AFTER
THE ANTHROPOCENE
Co-curated with Pedro Gadanho
MAAT, 2018


With the participation of: Territorial Agency, Design Crew for Architecture, Malka Architecture, Daniel Arsham, Ana Vaz & Tristan Bera, BIG, Carolina Cayedo, Parsons & Charlesworth, Unknown Fields Division, Design Earth (Rania Ghosn & El Hadi Jazairy), The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, John Gerrard, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Tue Greenfort, Nelly Ben Hayoun, HeHe, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Andrés Jaque, Wanuri Kahiu, Kristof Kintera, The Living, Basim Magdy, Pedro Neves Marques, MVRDV, Eva Papamaragariti, Ornaghi & Prestinari, Rimini Protokoll, Dunne & Raby, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Wasted Rita, Miguel Soares, SKREI, Superflex, Philippe Rahm Supruse, Ursula Biemann + Paulo Tavares, Zak Ové, among others.

Now, after the Anthropocene, a term defining a geological epoch marked by human action, we are faced with a paradox: if the ideals of reason and science that stimulate technological progress can be directly linked to environmental destruction, where do we head? What are the alternative orienting principles to reason, objectivity and rationality?

In the subjective, the fluctuating, the unstable images of ecology captured by works of art and architecture, this exhibition seeks to recover a sense of hope in the future. Divided into four sections - catastrophe, co-existence, extinction and adaptation – the exhibition rescues a critical optimism from the shadows of enlightenment.