The search for new sources of energy and the exploitation of existing ones have driven progress, formed and informed cultures, transfigured landscapes, and ignited wars. In the 21st century, many designers have become aware of their role and responsibility in these disruptive activities, and have adjusted their practices accordingly. If in the past design led us to devour energy at an ever-growing rate, design can now help us conserve it and behave more responsibly. The objects presented in this exhibition engage with energy in its myriad forms — from thermal and kinetic to electrical and even reproductive. They represent its sourcing, deployment, consumption and preservation. They showcase the technological advancements of the past decades, while proposing alternatives for a future in which resources might not be as readily available.
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