Previous SlideNext Slide

Climate Change Couture

Haute Fashion for a Hotter Planet

The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store

The Smell Bar of Vanishing Scents

Negotiating Cities of the Future

The Apocalypse Project

The Apocalypse Project is a speculative design research inquiry that explores our possible lifestyles as climate change continues to affect the planet. It is a creative platform that asks specific questions about our environmental futures. Although it has end-of-the-world connotations, which could be what can happen if we keep mistreating the planet, the word “apocalypse” comes from a Greek word that means “disclosure” or “to take off the cover” or “to unveil”. The Apocalypse Project isn’t solely about potential catastrophic events, it’s also about revealing the face of environmental problems through these projects. This project is authored by Catherine Sarah Young. She began this as part of the 2013 Art Science Residency Programme in partnership with the ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands, Tembusu College National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory. She is currently in Manila as the artist-in-residence of The Mind Museum expanding the project. Do get in touch if you'd like to collaborate!
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo

Climate Change Couture at the exhibition, “Hybrid Highlights”, which showcases works that combine art and science, now ongoing at Seoul National University Museum of Art. My piece is on the second floor, with six garments from the Singapore, Manila, and Seoul collections, and six photographs from the Singapore collection. Many thanks to Digital Art Weeks International and SNU MoA who organized the show, especially curators Arthur Clay and Jeungmin Noe. 

ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo

11 October 2014, Seoul—I was part of a panel on Science Day at the Innovation Forum of Digital Art Weeks held at Seoul National University Museum of Art. Dr. Denisa Kera of Swiss Hacketeria and National University of Singapore gave the keynote speech. My fellow panelists included Dr. Tae-Sub Chung of Yonsei Medical School, Dr. Min Suk Chung of Ajou University School of Medicine, and Dr. Tai Hyun Park of the Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology of Seoul National University. The panel was moderated by Dr. Sunghoon Kim, Director of the Integrated Bioscience and Biotechnology Institute at Seoul National University. 

The Innovation Forum is a three-day symposium spread out during Digital Art Weeks Seoul, which runs until December. Science Day explores common themes on the crossroads between Neuroscience and Aesthetics in the arts and Bioinformatics and Biohacking art movement, bringing in and raising questions about the creative process, scientific inquiry and realm of empirical aesthetics. The panel I was on, “Convergence in Arts and Sciences”, raised questions around convergence of science and art and how they have been inseparable. 

I gave a talk on “Art, Science, and Planetary Futures”, chronicling my experiences in science and art through the different residencies and fellowships I’ve had in the world. I spoke about how art and science converged to give people new experiences, to empower audiences, and to break traditional formats. It was great to see familiar faces in the audience—from fellow alumni of the School of Visual Arts, the staff at the National Art Studio of Korea (now known as the MMCA Residency Changdong), and the Future Cities Laboratory. Even Denisa is a familiar face—she moderated our panel at ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands last year. It was like going to a big family reunion. Thanks, guys!

Thanks to DAW International for the invitation, SNU MoA for the lovely venue and staff, and Kate Kirkpatrick for the photos. 

—Catherine

ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo

Here are some photos from The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store’s exhibit at the Open City / Art City Festival last October 4, co-organized the Institute for the Future and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Many thanks and huge congratulations to my friend Zoe Bezpalko (who also modeled one of the Climate Change Couture garments last year), for handling this single-handedly. 

I’m here in Seoul for the moment for some exhibitions and a panel, so I’m very grateful for my friends and collaborators from all over the world who can take over when I cannot physically be there. 

More posts coming up soon!

—Catherine

Photos courtesy of Zoe Bezpalko

ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo
ZoomInfo

Hey San Francisco! I’m happy to announce that The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store has been selected as a featured project for the Open City / Art City Festival co-organized by the Institute for the Future and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It will be held on October 4, 11AM-8PM at the Grand Lobby of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Come check it out, smell some climate change perfumes, and think of how we can make our cities better!

—Catherine

Load more posts