Nicole F Okumu
Grey Area Collective’s first pop-up exhibit “Amazonia,” inspired by the shopping experience of an Amazon Go store, will exhibit fictional products that New Yorkers would need to survive in a dystopian climate-ravaged future, where basic needs such as water, food, power, and communication systems are on the verge of collapse. Our opening night event will be held on October 30, 2021, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at Peninsula Art Space located at 352 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
It’s 2030, and like many places around the world the New York air is hot and heavy, and depending on the day, clogged with particulate pollution. Your eyes often water. Your cough never seems to disappear. Fresh air is a distant memory, and you yearn for the days before water was rationed. With air quality declining daily it’s become dangerous to leave your group shelter without a specially-designed face mask (which now only some can afford).
Welcome to Amazonia: a worst-case scenario store The exhibit will illustrate our future if we don’t take immediate collective action to limit the 1.5 degree celsius tipping point—the threshold for what scientists call “multiple system collapse.”
By 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to pass 9 billion. By 2100, climate models predict global temperatures will be on average 4°C warmer and sea levels will be 0.7m higher . Limiting global heating to 1.5 C degrees means transforming all of our systems.
The Amazonia experience will help bring home the stark reality that the systems that we created are destroying the systems that created us. Our overall objective is to encourage visitors to move away from individually-focused lifestyle changes, and to move towards fierce climate citizenship.
Visit our Eventbrite to register. Proof of vaxx and masks required.
Follow Amazonia on Instagram at @shopamazonia. For more information or press inquiries, contact Nicole Okumu: nicole@greyareacollective
The Amazonia pop-up shop will be open: October 30: 6pm to 9pm October 31: 11am to 7pm
About Grey Area Collective Grey Area Collective is a social impact design and research studio working at the intersection of art, design, activism, and technology. We collaborate with social justice champions to design models for action, movement building, and cultural transformation.
Venue: Peninsula Art Space
108 DeGraw Street
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