Scarcity in Rotterdam
Jan Boelen, curator of the exhibition Designing Scarcity, talked with three Rotterdam designers about how scarcity functions as a source of inspiration and creative point of departure for their work and research. Speaking with Boelen were Joep van Lieshout of Atelier Van Lieshout, Césare Peeren of Superuse Studios and Digna Kossen of Foodcurators. Each has various works in Designing Scarcity.
28 August 2014 20:00 - 22:00
When key materials and ingredients are scarce, those who control them have power. The rising value of a commodity can cause it to take on new meaning and can alter our relationship to it. For instance, if insects become an important source of food, we will begin to regard them less as vermin. These principles influence Atelier Van Lieshout's designs and visions for the future.
Businesses and industrial processes need raw materials to make their products, and they produce waste. For 15 years, Superuse Studios has been researching creative, radical ways of giving waste streams and discarded materials new value for architecture, design, food systems and other urban processes.
Few forms of scarcity spur human creativity as much as food shortages. They inspire people to try eating animals and plants not normally consumed and to come up with preparation techniques for making the inedible edible. Scarcity also drives the development of preservation methods. Foodcurators, a collective of designers working with food, experiment with conservation techniques and have been compiling a collection of preserved foods since 2011.