Looking At The Geological Age Of Humans, And How Human Behavior Affects The Systems Of Our World

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The Anthropocene In looking at the geological age of humans, and how human behaviour affects the systems of our world, it seems the fear of imagining our uncertain and perhaps catastrophic future often causes a passive response in humans as a collective. However the relevance of climate change in our personal sphere is increasingly eminent, with abrupt geological changes being caused by the actions of a single species – mankind. Design discourse speculating around this issue actively generates new approaches and ideas in relation to both awareness and creating innovative ways of connecting humans to their environment. Street artist Isaac Cordal comments on the way in which we seem to be passively waiting for the inevitable effects of…show more content…
In order to spread awareness for the Smithsonian National Zoo and its endangered species, they have demonstrated how creatives can acknowledge the nature of the digital generation and cleverly generate design solutions that make the importance of the anthropocene both relevant and relatable. The creatives in this project, Michael Kusher and Daniel Paredes, manufactured and recorded a song with the rock band Portugal. The Man – however this single song is unique in the way it is created to go extinct, unless digitally reproduced. The Endangered Song has been digitally replicated from the original 400 vinyl (degradable polycarbonate) records that were released to industry influencers; this directly reflects the declining 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the world. This clever metaphor mimics the fragile lives of the tigers on a variety of levels, with the creative mix of traditional and emerging media being key to raising funds and awareness for the species, and overarching conservation effort as a whole. Another way in which design is helping shape and bring attention to our hypothetical future is through the What is Missing? Foundation. This project focuses on raising awareness for species and habitat loss, however it also actively partakes in the future of our natural world through imagining plausible future scenarios with the aim of balance
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