1 – 27 June 2021
Somerset House, London, UK
The Austrian contribution, commissioned by the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna titled “Tokens for Climate Care” will be designed by Process Studio and will focus on the current and essential human task of climate care, nudged by the the transformative power of design and the current technological tools at hand such as artificial intelligence (AI).
The project uses AI-based technology to create new and original graphic symbols based on a comprehensive database of logos, symbols and glyphs. Preliminary "labelling" of the data by the team with key terms that cover a broad definition of climate care, including its social, political, environmental and economic aspects, enables the AI model to design new symbols based on their meaning.
The new "Tokens for Climate Care" will be presented in a spatial laser installation making the generated output data visible in real time. By selecting three terms from a list of labels that allow for endless combinations, visitors can take part in determining the meaning of the created symbols via their smartphones. The output samples are accessible worldwide and can be used freely by and for climate caring initiatives and activism.
Curator: Marlies Wirth, Curator Digital Culture and Design Collection, MAK
Design, Concept: Process – Studio for Art and Design (Martin Grödl, Moritz Resl)
Technical Realization in cooperation with enliteAI
Exhibition Design: Some Place Studio (Bika Rebek, Daniel Prost)
Funding and Administering Bodies:
Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport
MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Austrian Cultural Forum London