70 x 7 The Meal, Act XLI | Singapore

70 x 7 The Meal, Act XLI | Singapore

27 January 2018
NTU Center for Contemporary Art

Studio Orta is pleased to announce their second 70 x 7 The Meal in Singapore with the NTU CCA, taking place on Saturday 27 January, under the helm of The Current Convening #3, in collaboration with TBA21-Academy.

The 41st act of the ongoing series - Act XLI - Who owns the Oceans? is an open-air discursive brunch, which draws from the tradition of communal eating to create a platform that explores questions relating to the ocean, such as the entitlements of resources, its waters, food security, as well as ownership of oceanic practices, materials, and images. For this participatory event, Lucy + Jorge Orta have created a table setting relating to these topical discussions. During the brunch, the guests will continue to examine the questions raised during Convening #3’s sessions taking place at the NTU CCA from 25-28 January. This ocean themed meal is developed in collaboration with restaurateur Ken Loon of Singapore’s The Naked Finn, who has locally sourced the ingredients, each of which will be explained and related back to the wider conversation of Singapore’s food sources, its specific environment, and infrastructure.

To book a place at the meal.


Solo Show | Untitled Miami

Solo Show | Untitled Miami

06 December 2017 - 10 December 2017
Jane Lombard Gallery - Booth A2
Miami Beach, USA

Studio Orta is happy to announce a solo exhibition by Lucy + Jorge Orta with Jane Lombard Gallery, for UNTITLED at Miami Beach 2017.

Presented in Miami, are different emblematic works by the artists including: OrtaWater, Antarctica and Totipotent Architecture, poetic and operational aesthetic strategies that address systemic functionality: climate change, diminishing resources and forced migration.

These works come together in the physical and conceptual realization of their latest series of large-scale assemblage paintings, Derrame. At the core of the abstract gesture define by these works is an accidental moment that produces distinctive pigments and organic forms; accident is treated as an uncontrolled phenomenon; an event that mirrors the destructive force of natural disasters bolstered by human disregard and the chaos of sociopolitical cataclysms. These underlying fluid compositions find originate in Jorge Orta’s Derrame paintings, begun while living in Rosario, Argentina (1972-1984) during la Guerra Sucia. The Spanish word ‘derrame’ is used in a variety of ways: a leak (escape, loss), cerebral attack (stroke), a spill (waste), and an outpouring (effusion). In this period of state terrorism and censorship, painting became a political act of revolt and an emotional act of frustration.

Gestural paintings, sculptures and performance layered with functionality, design and political engagement compose a new field of reflection, creating lines and symmetries that structure and attempt to control the underlying chaos –derrame– while opening up new horizons. The objects frame and focus the overflow, an irrepressible continuum that hopes to catalyze a cycle of renewal and possibility. 

Press release: Untitled Miami 2017

Women House | Monnaie de Paris

Women House | Monnaie de Paris

20 October 2017 - 28 January 2018
Group exhibition curated by Camille Morineau and Lucia Pesapane
Monnaie de Paris, France

Women House, opening at La Monnaie de Paris on October 20, 2017, bridges two notions: a genre - the female - and a space - the domestic one. This major exhibition brings together the works of 39 international female artists from the 20th and 21st centuries and is divided into eight chapters that reflect the complexity of the possible view points on the subject, both feminist and poetic, political or nostalgic.

In this context, Lucy Orta presents the work Body Architecture - Collective Wear 4 persons. Following on from the Refuge Wear series (1992-1998), Lucy Orta began working on collective portable structures, shifting the emphasis on the isolated individual towards the notion of living in community, where the modular dome or tent sculptures combine the principles of solidarity and where the physical connections woven between individuals inhabiting these spaces symbolize the innumerable bonds that can be forged emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

After Paris, Women House will travel to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, from March 8, 2018.

Paris Exhibitions

Paris Exhibitions

15 October 2017 - 21 October 2017

Studio Orta is pleased to announce the following exhibitions in Paris during FIAC

Monnaie de Paris | 20 Oct 2017 – 28 Jan 2018 | Women House | Body Architecture

Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication | 4 Oct – 30 Nov 2017 | Qu'est-ce qu'on mange ? | 70 x 7 The Meal

MAIF Social Club | 29 Sep 2017 – 6 Jan 2018 | Agromania | Concierto de Cacerolas

Maison Populaire de Montreuil | 4 Oct – 9 Dec 2017 | L’Autre…de l'image à la réalité | Nexus Architecture


Frieze Projects | Antarctica

Frieze Projects | Antarctica

04 October 2017 - 08 October 2017
Frieze London, Regent’s Park
London, UK

We are happy to annouce the participation in Frieze Projects London with Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, a brand new ‘convoy’ installation composed of customised ex-army trailers, curated by Raphael Gygax.

For a number of years, Lucy + Jorge Orta have been exploring the transformation of surplus military equipment, ‘weapons of war’, into ‘tools for peace’, to infuse them with new meaning. On the mobile passport office, commissioned specifically for Frieze Projects, we find references to the human body in the form of mini-bivouacs, various expedition objects and a bureau from which the passport officers will distribute the Antarctica World Passport. A limited edition of 5,000 passports will be available during Frieze Week from October 4-8. For each passport distributed, the Antarctica World Passport holder is invited to join the no-borders community, which now counts over 19,000 online citizens.

Following their expedition to the Antarctic in 2007, the Antarctica project was launched in 2008, during their survey exhibition at the Hangar Bicocca Milan, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi. Alongside the Antarctic Village, the artists lay down the foundations for the Antarctica World Passport community. 50,000 copies of the passport have been printed to date —the Frieze Projects passport will be the fourth edition.

For Lucy + Jorge Orta, Antarctica’s immaculate ice landscape is a metaphor, a filter for the kaleidoscope that make up our nations and identities, concentrating all the colours into the sum of light and the purity of a hope.

Raven Row | London

Raven Row | London

04 June 2017
Raven Row
London, UK

Re-staging of Modular Architecture at Raven Row London

First commissioned by La Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris (1996), Modular Architecture is comprised of four large textile-sculptures – the Dome, the Unit, the Igloo and the Cabin. The iridescent membranes of these elementary architectural structures are adorned with demi-bodies depicted by fragments of clothing: hoods, sleeves, trousers and gloves that can be manipulated and assembled in different configurations, investigating notions of personal and collective space. Over the course of the durational performance at Raven Row, performers exploring the Modular Unit will attempt to dissolve the boundaries between body and architecture.

The performance is choreographed by Nandi Bhebhe and artist Phoebe Davies, with Zinzi Minott, Daniel Brathwaite-Shirley, Sarah Kent, Hamish MacPherson and Darcy Wallace. 

Modular Architecture is a special-event programmed in the context of the group exhibition 56 Artillery Lane from 21 April - 11 June 2017, which also includes three iconic Refuge Wear works from Lucy + Jorge Orta’s archive.

For further information: Raven Row.

Antarctica World Passport | Buenos Aires

Antarctica World Passport | Buenos Aires

30 April 2017 - 30 November 2017
CCK - Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Group Exhibition

The exhibition Naturaleza: refugio y recurso del hombre (Nature: refuge and human resources), opens at the CCK from April 30 to November 30, 2017, bringing together 40 international artists who explore, through a wide diversity of media, the impact of man on his environment. Natural resources are presented as a theme, inspiration, instrument and representation.

Lucy + Jorge Orta present a new site-specific installation of the Antarctica World Passport Bureau and will be in Buenos Aires to distribute passports welcoming new citizens to the growing Antarctica World Community. The Antarctica project was first imagined in 1995 for the 46th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, when Jorge Orta represented Argentina. It wasn’t until 2007 that the artists finally embarked on their Antarctic expedition to found the Antarctic Village No Borders. The project takes its inspiration from the Antarctic Treaty signed in 1959, which promotes peace, international cooperation and the exchange of scientific research. 53 nation states have since signed up to this unprecedented world agreement. Antarctica’s immaculate ice landscape has become a powerful symbol of global warming. Geographic transformations and displacement of communities induced by climate change, especially along costal zones or in desert regions are redefining our local and global borders. Climate Change crosses all borders and is affecting every region of the world, without distinction. Faced with this global phenomenon the artists propose that our reaction should also be united, without borders. Antarctica World Passport proposes a discursive platform around the concept of No Borders.

Kids Creative Lab & Studio Orta mobilise 1,400,000 children

Kids Creative Lab & Studio Orta mobilise 1,400,000 children

30 March 2017 - 17 April 2017
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Workshop presentation

For the 5th edition of Kids Creative Lab – a national educational project for Italian primary school children - the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice and OVS invite Lucy + Jorge Orta to develop a workshop with 1,400,000 children on the theme of sustainable development and respect for the marine ecosystem. The artists have devised the pedagogical project ‘message-in-a-bottle’ inspired by their works Gama and Clouds, to sensitize children about the impact of plastic waste on the environment through an arts-based workshop. 6,000 primary schools and 50,000 classes participated in the writing of a collective manifesto for the oceans. The coded messages are inserted into thousands of recycled bottles. The result of this massive collaboration is exhibited at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice from March 30 to April 17, 2017.

Contact: Peggy Guggenheim Collection or OVS

Raft of the Medusa | Hull

Raft of the Medusa | Hull

29 March 2017 - 17 June 2017
Humber Street Gallery Hull, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition

As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, the exhibition Somewhere Becoming Sea at Humber Street Gallery from 5 April to 17 June 2017, takes a closer look at the ever-changing boundaries between land and sea, exploring Hull’s long-standing prominence as a gateway to the North Sea and beyond. It reflects how expanses of water that divide countries are also channels that connect them. At a time when climate change threatens to blur boundaries further and bring far-reaching economic impact, the exhibition captures the sea’s elemental power and asks: is everywhere now Somewhere Becoming Sea?

In this context, Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to present a new installation of the Raft of the Medusa, which takes its historical reference point from the romantic depiction of the shipwreck Le Radeau de la Méduse by Théodore Géricault (1818-1819, Musée du Louvre, Paris). For the artists, the make-shift raft constructed by the crew of the Medusa from wood salvaged from their sinking vessel recounts more than the treacherous voyage of the doomed sailors on board. It is a powerful symbol of the fateful journeys of slaves and migrants throughout history and even more so today, as we play witness to the perilous journeys of the thousands of refugees navigating the oceans in search of a safe haven.

Building on the filmed-performances staged at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2013, and Les Moulins in 2015, Raft of the Medusa at the Humber Street Gallery will become the site of a set of performative sequences that explore the gestures of fragility, helplessness and hope, and which concludes the cycle for the artists’ forthcoming film.

A life full of garbage | Marseille

A life full of garbage | Marseille

22 March 2017 - 14 August 2017
Group Exhibition
MuCEM - Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

Drawing from ethnographic research on how our societies produce, treat, value and transform waste materials, the exhibition Vies d’ordures: de l’économie des déchets (A life full of garbage) at MuCEM from 22 March to 14 August 2017, offers a trip around Mediterranean to see how men and women are living from our leftovers. The exhibition looks at how we collect, sort and transform waste, and the inventiveness required in a creative economy of exchange and transfer. Waste is more than simple scraps!

Within the 450 objects, installations, films, data and maps, Lucy + Jorge Orta present a new sculpture: Water Purification Unit, reflecting on water scarcity and the complex issues surrounding the corporate control of access to this natural resource, which complete the series initiated for their exhibition OrtaWater during the Venice Biennale (2005).

Curator: Denis Chevallier, ethnologist MuCEM
Associate curator: Yann-Philippe Tastevin, ethnologist CNRS



17 March 2017 - 29 April 2017
Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium

Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to present their second solo show at the Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels.

In this exhibition, two series of works are brought together for the first time, uniting three-dimensional works with paintings in order to shed light on their creative process.

The first section of the exhibition is based on cell —cell of life, cell of habitation— at the core of their thinking. Inspired by cell biology and the process of differentiation, the Totipotent Architecture series is composed of hand-blown glass volumes, which like embryo cells, expand to create new spaces of habitation within the steel architectural silhouettes. The artists go a step further in their exploration of the cellular infinity with the vitrines Cells diptych, creating a new macroscopic life in intricate Murano blown-glass.

The second part of the exhibition, based on Jorge's pictorial work in the 1970s, when painting was one of his ways of escaping the overwhelming Argentina dictatorship. The exhibited works in the Derrame series, explore the idea of the accident as both a violent moment but also as a random, uncontrolled phenomenon. A three-dimensional aspect of this accidental expression appears in their brand-new series Assemblages where found objects superimposed on the pictorial surface seem placed there­ by the necessity of ordering the immaterial in a chorus between abstraction and reality.


70 x 7 The Meal | Singapore

70 x 7 The Meal | Singapore

20 January 2017
NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Studio Orta is pleased to announce 70 x 7 The Meal, act XL a dinner for 200 guests taking place in Gillman Barracks in Singapore, on the evening of January 20, 2017.

Under the helm of Cities for People, Ideas Fest organised by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, act 40 of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s ongoing participative artwork 70 x 7 The Meal, draws from the ancestral ritual of dining together, to create a platform for local communities to engage in discussions that explore and connect food initiatives in the local community.

Leading up to the meal, the artists staged a collaborative workshop with Foodscape Collective Singapore to delve into and examine the concerns about food sustainability in the local and global contexts. Interactive discussions sessions with local chefs, bakers, farmers, gardeners, policy makers, activists and artists generated a range of playful and provocative topics on food production, distribution; identity & culture; and giving & sharing, to exchange with the guests attending the meal.

On arrival at the NTU CCA, guests will be assigned a navigation map that leads to 25 ‘islands of knowledge’, in a unique setting designed by the artists to prompt and perpetuate further art-food-sustainability discussions. The menu, prepared by Chef Misso Russell Keith from Open Farm Community, will continue the 70 x 7 ethos of locally sourcing sustainable produce. 




01 January 2017

Studio Orta is pleased to announce two new video works now online:

Disappearance (2015): In Disappearance, the gradual destruction of the forest is underscored by the melancholic piano and the jagged interjection of the chainsaw. This film bridges the work of Jorge Orta during his Rosario period (1972-1984) and the Amazonia project that Lucy + Jorge Orta began in 2010.

Platos Rotos 1982 (2015): The filmed concert for flute and smashed plates was imagined by Jorge Orta during his Rosario period (1972-1984) and finally realised in 2015.

And our forthcoming exhibitions include:

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore | 13 – 22 January | Ideas Fest, Cities for People | New Commission: 70 x7 The Meal, act XL

Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK | 21 January - 7 May | Entangled; Threads & Making | Group show: Nexus Architecture

MASSART, Boston, USA | 23 January – 4 March | Vitreous Bodies: Assembled Visions in Glass | Group show: Totipotent Architecture

ARCO Richard Saltoun Gallery, Spain | 22 - 26 February | Edgardo Vigo & Jorge Orta | Archival works: Rosario 1972-1984

Galerie Valerie Bach, Brussels, Belgium | 17 March – 29 April | Solo exhibition

MuCEM, Marseille, France | 22 March – 14 August | Vies d'ordures - De l'économie des déchets | Group show: OrtaWater

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy | 30 March – 17 April | Kids Creative Lab | Workshop presentation

Hull City of Culture 2017, Humber Street Gallery, UK | 5 April - 17 June | Somewhere Becoming Sea | New installation: The Raft of the Medusa

Raven Row, London, UK | 22 April - 11 June | 56-58 Artillery Lane | Group Show: Refuge Wear



16 December 2016
Black Dog Publishing, London, UK

Studio Orta is pleased to announce the release of Food & The Public Sphere, a compelling publication that spans Lucy + Jorge Orta’s 20-year dedication to the power of art and food. This visual compendium of socially engaging projects, sculptures and objects, examines the artists’ practice in context of major concerns of the 21st century.

"The artists' food-recycling enterprises, mass open-air meals, gleaned gastronomic diners, and mobile soups kitchens have pioneered a renewed interest in the politics of food. Communities all over the world—working from the scale of global food networks down to local methods for farming and cooking—are seeking ways to make the food system better serve the needs of people and the planet. After decades of successful cheap mass food production, policymakers and citizens are recognizing the environmental and social cost of this process. The over-industrialisation of food has forced small farms to surrender to agribusiness, reduced biodiversity in favour of monoculture crops, and assaulted communities with debilitating chronic diseases. Lucy + Jorge Orta illuminate, through the diversity of their work, issues of abundance, scarcity, waste and loss, while drawing people into a reflective experience of art that combines the aesthetics of eating, drinking, cooking, and dining". Ellen Lupton

Order a copy in time for the holiday season: sales@blackdogonline.com
View online extract: Studio Orta

Black Dog Publishing
Hardback | 169 ills | 192 pgs | 28x23cm | 11x9in | ISBN 9781910433805



16 October 2016

Studio Orta Les Moulins open-studio with an exhibition including new works.
Sunday, 16 October 2016 | 11am - 5pm

Discover the former Papeteries du Marais transformed by the unique vision of the artists.

Founded by Lucy + Jorge Orta in 2000, in the birth place of the French paper industry, Les Moulins is emerging into a veritable cultural laboratory. Imagined as an extension of the artists' practice, Les Moulins is a collective environment dedicated to the creation of new forms of contemporary art informed by the post-industrial landscapes of the Grand Morin Valley. Dotted along an 8-Km stretch of the meandering river, the four former factories Moulin Sainte-Marie, Moulin de Boissy, Moulin La Vacherie and La Laiterie are undergoing transformation to become artist studios, workshops, residencies, exhibition galleries, performance venues and a sculpture park; hosting artists and researchers from around the world, to re-imagine space and create artworks that resonate with the history of the place.

By train from Paris: Paris-Est Station to Coulommiers (SNCF-Transilien P). At Coulommiers take bus dir. Ferté-Gaucher. Stop Chailly-Boissy-le-Châtel.
By car Google Map: Studio Orta Les Moulins. Moulin Sainte-Marie, rue des Papeteries, 77169 Boissy-le-Châtel.
By shuttle: Galleria Continua special opening. To join the shuttle please contact the gallery.

Food | Peterborough

Food | Peterborough

10 September 2016 - 04 December 2016
City Gallery and Museum, Peterborough, England
Solo Exhibition

The husband-and-wife artist team Lucy + Jorge Orta—who in the past 25 years have explored social and ecological issues—focus on consumer food waste and global food distribution in a major show at the City Gallery and Museum in Peterborough. The exhibition examines the couple’s initiatives linked to the “politics of food”, encompassing the rituals associated with eating together. The Art Newspaper

Two new sculptures form the centre pieces to the show. Bread inspired by 70 x 7 The Meal, which took place in Peterborough Cathedral Square in 2015 and during which hundreds of loaves of bread were baked by local residents and then cast into aluminium. Carried aloft by the traditional wheelbarrows, the humble objects cross cultures and centuries reminding us of the ancestral cycles of sowing, reaping and milling, the hand-sculpting of wood and dough to create unique manifestations of our basic human needs.
Drawing from the artists’ expedition to the Peruvian Amazon in 2009, the installation Seeds is composed of 31 unique larger-than-life Murano glass seed pods framed by a collection of intricate watercolour drawings that make up a metaphorical Seed Bank. The intricate beauty and diversity of our natural world is prevalent in the artists’ act of 'preserving' varieties that may be threatened with extinction.

The exhibition also draws together archival work from All in One Basket (1996) and HortiRecycling Enterprise (1999), alongside the entire collection of limited edition Royal Limoges porcelain from the 70 x 7 The Meal series presented on the bespoke silk-jacquard table runners, woven by local Suffolk weavers.

An extensive program of engagement activities around the politics of food, accompanies the exhibition and can be booked through Metal Peterborough.

Antarctica World Passport | La Littorale #6

Antarctica World Passport | La Littorale #6

26 August 2016 - 02 November 2016
Anglet, France
Group Exhibition

Curated by Paul Ardenne, La Littorale #6, the Basque Coast biennial of contemporary art, offers a journey through outdoor monumental works installed in emblematic locations across the town of Anglet: La Barre, the Izadia ecological park, the seafront, as well as La Chambre d’Amour.

La Littorale questions the tensions and contradictions to which our shorelines are now subject. Places that are sought after for their gentle lifestyle, are now political spaces with limits, boundaries and physical frontiers.

In this context, Lucy + Jorge Orta launch a new monumental work commissioned by the biennial: M.I.U.  Antarctica World Passport, Mobile Delivery Bureau. A former army vehicle, customised and equipped with metaphorical objects and survival materials such as stretchers, camp beds, and life buoys, symbolically evokes a “Mobile Intervention Unit” which could intervene in an emergency situation providing shelter, water, food amongst other things. Since 2001, the artists have been developing these modules as a way to facilitate mobility and autonomy of individuals and in some cases encourage interaction and active participation of communities. Installed at the beach of La Barre in the North of Anglet, the work references the increasing numbers of refugees displaced through conflict and climate disasters. An Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, the largest so far, is also part of the installation. Antarctica, a continent of cooperation, dedicated to science, preservation of natural resources and biodiversity, is for the artists, a powerful symbol, a utopia of a peaceful world without borders. The Antarctica World Passport has mobilized 50,000 citizens around the world so far, not only to protect the Antarctic, which represents 70% of the planet’s fresh water, but also to take action against global warming and for peace.

Spirits | Emscherkunst Triennial | Germany

Spirits | Emscherkunst Triennial | Germany

04 June 2016 - 18 September 2016
Emscher Valley, Ruhr, Germany
Group exhibition

For the third edition of the Emscherkunst Triennial (June 4 - September 18, 2016), Lucy + Jorge Orta launch a major new commission: Spirits of the Emscher Valley. The Triennial spans a 50-Km trail along the river Emscher, criss-crossing natural parklands and post-industrial landscapes, dialoguing with the changing environment in the Ruhr area. 

For the occasion, Lucy + Jorge Orta have installed three "Spirits" at strategic locations to reveal meaningful interpretations regarding the history of the former coal and steel industries. Since 2012, the artists’ "Spirits" interweave between the medium of performance and figurative sculpture, working as metaphors of the locations in which they are performed or installed, and aim to capture the "soul" of the place. The participative approach – at the heart of the artists work – is essential in the process of the sculptural "personification". For Emscherkunst, Lucy + Jorge Orta worked together closely with residents from the Ruhr area, people who have special connections to the locations, prompting story-telling about their communities.

Installed on the shore of the Phoenix lake at Dortmund-Hörde, Totem with Magpie evokes a new generation who will grow up within this industrial metamorphosis while Bird woman is symbolically linking the East and West side of Phoenix formerly joined by a viaduct. At Kokerei Hansa in Dortmund-Huckarde, a coke plant which closed in the '9Os, the Observer, like an oracle, testifies to the transformation of the landscape: Nature is invading and taking possession of the relics of past.

OrtaWater in Toulouse | France

OrtaWater in Toulouse | France

22 May 2016 - 16 October 2016
Les Abattoirs
Group Exhibition

Studio Orta is pleased to announce its participation in the group show Interractions which will take place at Les Abattoirs, Toulouse from May 22 to October 16, 2016.

The exhibition explores the interaction between man and his environment through the thematic variations of exploitation, destruction, and preservation. The work of the artists: Hicham Berrada, Julian Charrière, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Liam Sy Paquemar, Marie Velardi, Guido Van der Werve and Stefanie Zoche, portray in different mediums, the ambiguous nature of our relationship with the environment, in particular man’s dependence on and domination over the planet’s natural resources.

Fluvial Intervention Unit by Lucy + Jorge Orta, the emblematic sculpture from the OrtaWater series, is both a means to transport and navigate water. The elegant maple-wood canoe is simply suspended in time, amongst the pipes and recipients designed to carry this natural resource.

Life Guards in Safe and Sound

Life Guards in Safe and Sound

23 March 2016 - 21 August 2016
Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland
Group Exhibition

The exhibition Safe and Sound curated by Claire Favre Maxwell at the Mudac in Lausanne, from March 23 to August 21, 2016 focuses on themes of security, fear, protection and surveillance in 21st Century, and addresses these phenomena through design, objects from everyday life, photography and contemporary art.

The current trend of 'ultra-safety' – rejecting the unexpected and planning for every eventuality – is becoming an imposed standard and it reflects the denial of death that is characteristic of contemporary society. Countless security instructions detail procedures to avoid risk in the public space, while entrances to a growing number of public places are heavily controled - our faces, bodies, fingerprints and pupils are repeatedly scanned. Western society is moving towards ultra-security, towards a refusal of the unexpected and an absolute desire for anticipation.

Under the heading protection, Lucy + Jorge Orta exhibit sculpture from the Life Guard series, which incorporate the artists’ signature Red Cross army surplus. Stretcher beds transform into collective overalls and camp beds detach from frames morphing into sleeping bags; rucksacks convert to multiple habitats and linen tarpaulins mutate into collective harnesses, dinghies deploy creating wearable life rafts and lifejackets pop-out of courier bags – an endless array of mutable Utopian prototypes for survival, conceived over the last ten years of their practice.


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