There is no such thing as waste in nature. In a natural system, any output generated by one organism becomes useful to another, nothing is left to waste. Human beings, however, have disrupted this natural harmony by placing pressure on natural resources to meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population and the demands of our economies.
In the context of the current ecological crisis, Anthropogenic points to an urge to imagine, design and build adopting a different relationship to our environment, in order to orient design standards away from the mainstream circuits of industrial mass production. Four international designers present their positions thematizing the thin line between value and non-value and thus the contexts and means that determine, or alter, this line.
Anthropogenic turned Bergstraat 8 in Eindhoven into a space for reflection on materials and their value, or lack thereof. The exhibition addresses the impact of the consumption cycle, waste and recycling on our social and natural environment and invites one to reflect on their definition of waste.