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Royal Academy of Arts : Eco-Visionaries

23 Nov 2019
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Royal Academy of Arts : Eco-Visionaries

Unknown Fields,The Breast Milk of the Volcano (video still), 2016-2018

Video, sound, colour; 10 minutes. In association with the Architectural Association. Courtesy of the artists.



Confronting a planet in a state of emergency

23 November 2019 — 23 February 2020

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts




Discover how architects, artists and designers are responding today to some of the most urgent ecological issues of our times.

From climate change to species extinction and resource depletion, the damaging effects of modern life are more tangible than ever. Eco-Visionaries examines humankind’s impact on the planet and presents innovative approaches that reframe our relationship with nature. Through film, installation, architectural models and photography, the works in this exhibition interrogate how architecture, art and design are reacting to a rapidly changing world, beyond mainstream notions of sustainability.

In the 1950s, scientists started raising serious concerns about the damaging effects of modern life on the environment. Since then, architects, designers and artists have joined the urgent effort to draw attention to the planet’s fragile and endangered ecosystem. 

This timely exhibition brings together international practitioners including Olafur Eliasson Hon RA, Ant Farm, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Andrés Jaque, Tue Greenfort, Unknown Fields, Rimini Protokoll, New Territories (S/he), Virgil Abloh and WORKac, amongst others. Their provocative responses are a wake-up call, urging us to acknowledge and become conscious of our impact on our environment.

Eco-Visionaries is a project initiated by Fundação EDP/MAAT (Lisbon, Portugal), Bildmuseet (Umeå, Sweden), HeK (Basel, Switzerland) and LABoral (Gijón, Spain), in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts (London, UK) and Matadero Madrid (Madrid, Spain).

  • Participants in the exhibition

    • HeHe
      Ana Vaz and Tristan Bera
      Tue Greenfort
      Carolina Caycedo
      Nerea Calvillo / In the Air
      Olafur Eliasson Hon RA
      Virgil Abloh

    • Unknown Fields
      Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
      Pinar Yoldas
      Basim Magdy
      Dunne & Raby
      New-Territories (S/he)
      Ant Farm

    • Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation
      Philippe Rahm Architectes
      Studio Malka Architecture
      Rimini Protokoll

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg,The Substitute (video still), 2019.

Visualisation by The Mill. © Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

Futurefarmers,Seed Procession. Part of Seed Journey, 2016 – ongoing, 2016.

Photograph by Monica Lovdahl. Courtesy of Futurefarmers.

HeHe,Domestic catastrophe Nº3: Laboratory Planet, 2012.

video still, HD video. 2:59. © HeHe.




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