On Designing Hope

 

Hope fuels our actions to change the present and aspire for a better future. Hope bears transformative power and is in itself a creative and formative force. The hopeful mind does not give up but continues to invent solutions for problems it is faced with. It constantly imagines alternatives for the given, utopias that have the potential of becoming true. But this restless pursuit of the better is what makes hope a bittersweet pill, as it makes us endure the worst just for the sake of hoping that some day things might change, as long as we continue working and fighting for it. Hope is what’s left to humankind after Pandora opened her mythical box. The great evils escaped torturing us from then on – however, hope remained. The question raised is whether hope is the means to challenge all evils or, as German philosopher Nietzsche would put it, the greatest evil of them all? Either way: Hope is a mighty force.

This is what makes it so appealing to designers, politicians and advertisers. Hope can be used and abused by stirring up fears or amplifying confidence. The tools for this are the rhetorics of hope which manifest in images and imaginaries or in endless speeches peppered with the adequate keywords and delivered in the right tone. Technologies play a crucial part in this, as they are invented and used to maintain these rhetorics. At the same time they are also subject to our hopes. Although we don’t follow a modernist idea of technological progress leading to a brighter future anymore, we still engineer our world to tackle ecological, political and social deficits.

The exhibition was funded by

With works by

ADAM HARVEY, ALACOQUE NTOME, AMELIA MARZEC, AMELIE HINRICHSEN, AWUOR ONYANGO, BENEDIKT GROSS & JOEY LEE, BENJAMIN VAN BEBBER, BURAK ARIKAN, CÉSAR ESCUDERO ANDALUZ & MARTÍN NADAL,
EDEN MITSENMACHER, ELSE TUNEMYR, FELIX KOSOK, FLORIAN EGERMANN, GOLAN LEVIN & SHAWN SIMS, HEATH BUNTING, JARED ONYANGO, JEREMY BAILEY, KATHIA VON ROTH, LAB[AU], LAUREN MCCARTHY, LEO HOFMANN, LILIAN NEJATPOUR & SIMON WECKERT, LUDWIG ZELLER & BERND HOPFENGÄRTNER, MARSHMALLOW LASER FEAST & NATAN SINIGAGLIA, MELISA ALLELA, MIKA SATOMI & HANNAH PERNER-WILSON (KOBAKANT), MILAD FOROUZANDEH, MOHSEN HAZRATI, KOLLEKTIV NEUE DRINGLICHKEIT, ONFORMATIVE, PINAR YOLDAS,  TEGA BRAIN AND MANY MORE

Curated by Alexandra Waligorski & Jeanne Charlotte Vogt

Artists & Team

Adam Harvey

Alacoque Ntome

Amelia Marzec

Amelie Hinrichsen

Awuor Onyango

Benedikt Groß

Benjamin van Bebber

Bernd Hopfengärtner

Burak Arikan

Eden Mitsenmacher

Else Tunemyr

Felix Kosok

Florian Egermann

Golan Levin

Hannah Perner-Wilson

Heath Bunting

Jared Onyango

Jeremy Bailey

Jules LaPlace

Kathia von Roth

LAb[au]

Lauren McCarthy

Leo Hofmann

Lilian Nejatpour

Ludwig Zeller

Marshmallow Laser Feast

Martín Nadal

Melisa Allela

Mika Satomi

Natan Sinigaglia

onformative

Pinar Yoldas

Simon Weckert

Tega Brain

Alexandra Waligorski

Jeanne Charlotte Vogt

Gloria Schulz

Verena Kuni