The group have written a manifesto for the event.
- WE ARE BROKE / / BROKE is a collective which aims to make artistic comment on (the function of) modern design. Design loves a depression; we feel modern, 'everyday design' is capitalising on our current economic climate. We aim to challenge modern attitudes towards this recession-born, disposable 'everyday design'. The great depression gave birth to the 'make do and mend' due to a lack of resources (and finance). We now have a greater responsibility to be sustainable due to out over consumption of those resources.
"Faced with a crisis that threatens out survival as a species, our entire culture is continuing to do the very thing that caused the crisis, only with an extra dose of elbow grease behind it" - Naomi Klein 2014
Great design can be born from times of austerity as demonstrated throughout the 20th Century with the House Proud exhibition. Why are we over consuming cheap and unsustainable design in an environment where we simply cannot afford to do so? We aim to examine where these standards went and how being 'house proud' has changed over time. -