I wrote about the Massive Change exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago since I was anticipating it before it opened. This weekend, I finally got a chance to check it out, and I was not at all disappointed. It is hard to describe this exhibit in a blog post or through examples, but I will try my best. As I understood it, we are living in a world where design is becoming more important. And when I say design, I do not merely mean graphic or industrial design. As it states for the Massive Change web site:
No longer associated simply with objects and appearances, design is increasingly understood in a much wider sense as the human capacity to plan and produce desired outcomes. Engineered as an international discursive project, Massive Change: The Future of Global Design, will map the new capacity, power and promise of design.
How can we as humans design the world we live in so everyone has clean drinking water, a place to live, and have access to information? How can we as humans create sustainable design so natural resources are not eaten up, and we are able to reuse and recycle everything? How can we design a world where everyone can live comfortably? I believe that a lot of the ideas presented in this exhibit require an enormous amount of cooperation throughout the “global city”. We, as Americans, tend to ignore the outside world, but I hope that day comes to an end soon. I feel it is only right that this movement take flight, so I’m glad that someone has started the conversation.