To kick start the new year, K11 Art Foundation (KAF) is thrilled to present Disruptive Matter, a group exhibition on sustainable design innovations, and The New York Times: Carbon’s Casualties, a collection of award-winning climate photography, at HACC, a brand-new multi-purpose art space in K11 ATELIER King’s Road from 17 January to 16 February 2020. K11 ATELIER King’s Road is a triple platinum certified sustainable building with green and wellness features. As the opening to HACC’s art and cultural programmes, the exhibitions run concurrently together with a series of educational programmes, seek to inspire ruminations about humans’ increasing ecological footprint on the planet, while at the same time offer creative, workable solutions that will help alleviate the pressing environmental issues in our time.
Disruptive Matter brings together 12 creative innovators, makers, and collectives, showcasing an array of design objects, projects, and works of art that address sustainability challenges and promote responsible production or consumption. Divided into five sections, the exhibition takes visitors through the historical context surrounding today’s environmental concerns, a selection of applications of renewable materials, the impacts of positive scaling, and the revolution of biomaterials in the plastics industry, and ultimately the visions for a sustainable future. Stressing the significance of environmentally-informed design decisions, Disruptive Matter also invites creative powerhouses to consider their roles in the world’s transition to the post-fossil fuel age.
Climate photography by The New York Times’s Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Josh Haner The New York Times: Carbon’s Casualties focuses on the critical realities of climate change around the world through the thought-compelling climate photography captured by The New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning staff photographer Josh Haner. The images on display—taken at natural habitats or settlements on the brink of environmental disaster, such as South Tarawa in Kiribati, the Tengger Desert in China, and the Yellowstone National Park in the U.S.—highlight the immediacy of growing numbers of climate refugees around the globe displaced by rising seas, flooding, drought, and other consequences of a warming world. Not only does the exhibition call to attention the loss of nature and disappearance of sites of irreplaceable cultural history, it also contextualises the broader concerns behind the design possibilities presented in Disruptive Matter.
The two exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of educational programmes on various weekends to encourage the public to further rethink their impacts on the natural ecosystems and their responsibilities as inhabitants of this planet. (Details would be announced later)
Echoing the exhibitions, a sustainability forum will take place on 16 January 2020 before the exhibitions start for invited guests (by Invitation only). Titled “Activating Change in a New World Order”, the forum is hosted by Culture for Tomorrow, a non-profit organisation founded by Adrian Cheng to promote design and architectural innovations.