Prepper Paradise

26 March till 14 August 2022

In the new exhibition, Prepper Paradise, by guest curator Ward Janssen, we connect the imagination of the end times in art, design, architecture, and science to visions, dreams, and speculations about how we can properly prepare for them.

From building bunkers and panic rooms all over the Euregion to designing food and urban farming; from Bunker shopping with the Kardashians to speculative future cityscapes; from hoarding food supplies for years of self-reliance to cryopreserving your body after you die – we prepare ourselves in myriad ways, and some people more than others, for unforeseen and uncertain futures.

And even though we can consider doomsday preppers and survivalists as loners, we can also wonder whether the phenomenon doesn't bespeak a certain optimism and utopism instead. After all, a world destroyed by war, pandemics, and climate change will have to be redesigned one day. How can we make sure that we will do it right next time?

This exhibition brings together works and stories by artists, architects, designers, and scientists, including Stine Deja (DK), Ted Noten (NL), Paul Kuipers (NL), Brent Watanabe (US), Rustan Söderling (SE), Theo Triantafyllidis & Kostis Stafylakis (GR), Stewart Brand (US), Paul Virilio (FR), Liam Young (AUS), Dunne & Raby (UK), Dennis de Bel (NL), Meeus van Dis (NL), Floor van het Nederend (NL) en Let Death Dance Again (NL).

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a diverse programme of lectures, workshops, guided tours and excursions. Prepper Paradise runs until Sunday, 14 August 2022.

Guest Curator
Ward Janssen | Supervisor Floor van Spaendonck | Design S+ëfan Schäfer (Let Death Dance Again) | Assistant Remco Beckers | Production Ilona van den Brekel | Texts Ward Janssen | Translation JLC Coburn | Communication Myrthe Leenders | Construction Fran Hoebergen, Charlotte Koenen, Bo Oudendijk, Emanuël Riksen

With contributions by Dennis de Bel | Stewart Brand | Stine Deja | Meeus van Dis | Dunne & Raby | Paul Kuipers | Let Death Dance Again | Floor van het Nederend | Sam Nemeth | Ted Noten | Rustan Söderling | Kostis Stafylakis & Theo Triantafyllidis | Paul Virilio | Brent Watanabe | Liam Young

Thanks to Design Museum Den Bosch | Mieke Gerritzen | Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures | Onassis Foundation | Patricia de Vries (Rietveld Academy)

Readiness: Civil War (2022) by Kostis Stafylakis & Theo Triantafyllidis was powered by Onassis Culture, with the support of Vasilis Bakalis | Stathis Chalkias | Alexis Fidetzis | Sotiris Fokeas | Christos Fousekis | Marilia Kaisar | Kosmas Kosmopoulos | Markella Ksilogiannopoulou | Anna Samara | Lia Smaragda | Savvas Tsimouris | Vassilis Vlastaras | Poka-Yio

This exhibition is generously supported by the City of Maastricht | Province of Limburg | Creative Industries Fund | Fonds 21

Image Stine Deja | S+ëfan Schäfer

Prepper Paradise Opening (photos: Moniek Wegdam)

Exhibition photos by Moniek Wegdam

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