A virus is crippling the economy: aid packages, a reduction in VAT, scrappage schemes, the state as the major shareholder – everything is being put to the test to get consumer society moving. But does it really make sense and is it right and proper to fully revive the economy in all areas once the pandemic has been overcome? Isn’t the “spaceship Earth” (Buckminster Fuller 1968) long since on a threatening collision course?
The planetary limits of growth have been exceeded and ecological problems such as climate change and species extinction are the great challenges of the present. Wouldn’t now be a good time to raise public awareness of the criticism of growth and make more of the old credo “less is more” than an aesthetic lifestyle of the better-off? Is it possible to develop a language for rethinking in art?
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