At the center of the reference system of the exhibition “ SurVival – Questions to the future“ at Haus am Lützowplatz is the 1973 film „Soylent Green“, which is set in the year 2022 and depicts a future scenario that deals with extreme overpopulation and the ecological problems it causes.1 It also addresses global warming caused by the use of fossil fuels, long before there was a consensus in the scientific community about the associated climate change.2 Since the oceans have been fished out and there is no longer enough agricultural land available, people in 2022 will be fed on artificially produced food, which the corrupted upper class is having secretly produced from corpses by the company „Soylent“. 3 The unrestrained exploitation of natural resources, according to the message of the film, leads to a social system based on violence, which devours itself, as it were, and which has lost all moral and ethical principles.
The film is considered the first ecodystopia to be received by the masses and is closely associated with the beginning of a new awareness of the threat posed to the planet by mankind. Thus, the first „Earth Day“ was celebrated on April 22, 1970, to draw attention to the global problems of environmental destruction. In 1971, Greenpeace was founded in Canada, and in 1972 the Club of Rome published its report on the state of humanity: „The Limits to Growth“. During the 17th Apollo mission, which started in December 1972 and in connection with which a human being set foot on the moon for the last time, the so-called Blue Marbel photo of the planet drifting in space was taken, which became known as a symbol of various environmental movements due to the Overview Effect cancelled out in it. Buckminster Fuller coined the term „Spaceship Earth“ somewhat earlier through his 1968 publication „Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth.“The German version of the film was released in 1974 with the staccato like subtitle „… year 2022 … who want to survive“ and was first broadcasted on September 5, 1981 in the evening program of ARD.
Against the backdrop of this nearly 50-year-old look into a future that has now become the present, the exhibition offers a …
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Image above: Videostill, L.E.O.P.A.R.T., 2019, HD Video, 17:13 Min. © Nina E. Schönefeld