Design is made for societies. Therefore, it is essential for designers to know how societies, but also the individuals who create society, live and think.
The series “The Bigger Picture” is dedicated to social developments and contexts that are relevant for design thinking and acting. So far, this has been done with films on the question of poverty as an economic resource in Africa, colonialism as the production of second-class people, the workings of the cartels in Mexico and the USA, and creative explosions in the German provinces.
Disruption and precariat are two trendy terms of contemporary discourses. Both share a temporal dimension, involving rapid, sudden change, instability, and uncertainty. And both, disruptive change as well as a life on shaky, holey ground threatened with sinking, are increasingly becoming the “normal state.”
How do people shape their lives in this in-between zone beyond clear reliabilities? In an intermediate zone that threatens to become a permanent state?
A cinematic view, which will be presented today, is directed at such an in-between zone, a shopping street that does marginal business on land that has long since been sold off by real estate speculators. It is about life versus death, which fatally characterizes everything and is reflected in the gigantic puddles of the street. But the sky is also reflected in these very streets.