African designers and artists are bringing their own unique talents
into international design exhibitions, and the 2008 biennial St.
Etienne (France) Design Show was no exception. One of the most
interesting exhibits was Garth Walker's, a South African who was asked
by the event organizers to create his vision of St. Etienne in 2036.
Garth Walker and two of his Orange Juice Studio colleagues, Brandt Botes and Wilhelm Kruger, created alter egos, African activists who don't have the means to travel, but who are knowledgeable about the world through the news media -- print, TV, and Internet. These alter egos, presented graphically in the works below, are created to show Africa in relation to the world, as much as St. Etienne, in 2036.
Garth sees 2036 as a year of trade wars and violence among countries, but a year in which Africa has a place among first-world countries.
AIDS will be rampant....
And, as for St. Etienne in 2036, it will be a place where nothing is permitted....
The St. Etienne Design Show committee chose the year 2036 because it is a calendrical mirror of 2008, something that occurs only once ever 28 years.
via Design Boom