Citizen Evolution acquired into MAKVienna’s Museum Collection

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Peter Noever, the Director of MAKVienna and Thomas Geisler, curator at the MAKVienna have kindly invited Wollersberger& Charlesworth to donate the entire Citizen Evolution project to the MAKVienna’s permanent museum collection.

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Citizen Evolution featured in Project Vienna Catalogue – available at MAK

Project Vienna - Exhibition Catalogue

The Citizen Evolution project is featured in the Project Vienna exhibition catalogue and available now to buy from the MAK Design online shop.

Published for the exhibition (30.06.-12.09.2010) and with contributions from Andrea Branzi, Sam Jacob, Elizabeth of Samsonov, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Peter Noever,  this special edition of the Vienna Map by well known map makers, Freytag & Berndt contains the three winning projects and the 17 selected projects from the Project Viena MAK and departure competition.

Projects result in a cross-section of international and interdisciplinary submissions each subversive, socially & environmentally motivated hypothetical and design solutions and scenarios. All of them deal with the powerful cultural and urban heritage of Vienna, not a blockade, but as a driving force for new ideas.

Citizen Evolution Map and PigeonPoo RoofGarden featured in the book

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The Citizen Evolution Exhibition Images

The Main exhibition space - 3 scenarios, 3 objects and map of interdependence

Three wall hangings: Pharmaceutical Distribution Network, MicrobeSky and Zentralfriedhof Power Plant

Map of Interdependence wall hanging

PigeonPoo Roofgarden and The birdlovers Microbe Full Cell experiments

PigeonPoo Roofgarden Microbial Fuel Cell

Microbe Sky's StephansDome Cloud Cannon

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Behind the Scenes – Installing the Citizen Evolution show

Some pictures from the installation of the Citizen Evolution show at the MAKVienna:

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Citizen Evolution exhibiting at MAK Vienna

From next week, the Citizen Evolution project will be exhibited in the MAK DESIGN SPACE in the MAKVienna as one of three winners of   “Project Vienna—A Design Strategy. How to React to a City?”, the competition of ideas held jointly by MAK & departure.

“More than a hundred submissions came in from twenty countries; an expert jury chose three projects, which won the day because of their subversive approach and hypothetical, inspirational tendencies.”

The exhibition will be part of the “design> new strategies” series of lecture and exhibitions – a joint initiative of MAK and departure – and sees itself as a research site of cutting-edge design developments and a laboratory of art production.

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About Citizen Evolution

How might the city of Vienna encourage its citizens to generate new sustainable services and initiatives? How might the Viennese citizens create new social structures and dynamics if they were given the means to harness the emergent technological developments of synthetic biology*, genetic engineering and microbial ecology ** ?

The tension between the climate change debates, the break down of the capitalist system and the lack of social cohesion between citizens is the context within which the project sits. In this alternative future, we have focused on the future implications for the city if its key systems were to be shut down and in particular how citizens might survive, adapt and be ready for change.

In our scenarios the State has given maximum authority to the Viennese by putting them under obligation to live in a self-sustaining way. It encourages them to live autonomously and rely on naturally existing systems, in particular, introducing grass root movements such as permaculture***into the public service infrastructure.

The four case studies exhibited here offer a glimpse into the many ways the Viennese citizens have evolved their way of life and created their own sustainable services and initiatives.

*Synthetic biology is the merging of biology and engineering and focuses on the design and build of novel biological functions and systems.
**Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in natural ecologies.
***Microbial ecology is the relationship of microorganisms with one another and with their environment. It concerns the three major domains of life — Eukaryota, Archaea, and Bacteria — as well as viruses.

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ÜBER CITIZEN EVOLUTION

Wie könnte die Stadt Wien ihre Bürger dazu animieren, nachhaltige Dienstleistungen und Initiativen zu schaffen? Könnten sich neue Sozialstrukturen und Dynamiken entwickeln, wenn den Bürgern freier Zugang zu den neuen technologischen Entwicklungen in synthetischer Biologie*, Gentechnik und mikrobischer Ökologie** ermöglicht wird?

Das Spannungsfeld zwischen der Klimadebatte, dem Niedergang des kapitalistischen Systems und dem Mangel an sozialem Zusammenhalt unter den Bürgern bildet den Kontext des Projekts. In dieser Zukunftsvision gilt unser Hauptaugenmerk den Implikationen, die ein Zusammenbrechen der Schlüsselsysteme für die Stadt hätte, und hier im Besonderen, wie die Einwohner überleben, sich anpassen und dem Wandel entsprechen können.

In unseren Szenarien verleiht der Staat den Wienern maximale Autorität, indem er sie dazu verpflichtet, autark zu leben. Sie sind gefordert, sich existierender Systeme zu bedienen und Graswurzelbewegungen wie etwa die Permakultur*** in die öffentliche Infrastruktur zu übernehmen.
Die vier hier ausgestellten Fallstudien zeigen, wie die Wiener ihre Lebensweise anpassen und spezifische nachhaltige Dienstleistungen und Initiativen entwickeln.

* Synthetische Biologie ist die Verschmelzung von Biologie und Technik und beschäftigt sich mit dem Erdenken und Errichten neuer biologischer Funktionen und Systeme.
** Mikrobische Ökologie ist die Beziehung von Mikroorganismen untereinander und mit ihrer Umwelt. Sie betrifft die drei wichtigsten Bereiche des Lebens – Eukaryoten, Archaeen und Bakterien – sowie Viren.
*** Permakultur bezeichnet das Gestalten von menschlichen Siedlungen und landwirtschaftlichen Systemen, die natürliche Ökosysteme nachahmen.


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Citizen Evolution in Domus 22.06.10

“The year 2010 saw the first installment of the ideas competition “Project Vienna – A Design Strategy. How to React to a City?”. This competition was initiated by the MAK in cooperation with departure, the creative agency of the City of Vienna, and it took place as part of the joint MAK and departure program “design> new strategies.” On 22 April 2010, the jury selected 20 projects from a total of 101 submissions from 20 countries, and from these finalists they chose the three winners. The submissions of the winning architects Klaus Stattmann, Gregor Hoffelner and Sebastian Schmid, as well as by the designers Marei Wollersberger and Jessica Charlesworth, will form the focal point of the exhibition, which is to open on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 at the MAK DESIGN SPACE. This exhibition will be accompanied by a publication documenting all 20 selected projects with contributing texts from Andrea Branzi…”

via Domus Architecture

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