The investigative design program Ideal Lab have taken on the theme identity, “Replanted Identity”, in the particular context of the Micropolis. Since most places are inhabited by indigenous and migrant populations, destined to stay there, an inclusive local identity emerge as important to create a happy and prosperous local community.
The identity issue has become very relevant as the traditional borders disappear. Having a certain nationality as once only identity does not suffice anymore. Humans are more and more connected to each other, above geographical and language borders, and choosing the right identity at the right moment is the best way to amplify these connexions. We stay less often where we were born or where our ancestors came from. Humanity is migrating to the cities, and its populations, better educated than ever before, can choose where and how they want to live. Helping humans to generate identities which allow them to connect easily to others is not a luxury anymore, but a common need.
The Ideal Lab have invited French and Norwegian creative Agents to immerse themselves in two unique places – Florø and Saint Nazaire. Both are distinctive, gorgeous and in transformation – with similarities and differences. These Agents collectively and individually studied and observed these Micropolises to project a new version of the local identity in artworks and objects, all vectors of a “Replanted Identity”.
The twelve works created within this theme has formed an exhibition that is touring France in 2015 and Norway in 2016. For more information on places and dates.