The Thirsty City investigates Hong Kong’s water and sanitation system through a sound piece consisting of readings, found material and recordings, and a mise en scène researching the ubiquitous cryptic advertisements on the city’s street. Produced during a residency at Spring Workshop, HongKong, 2017.
Silkscreen on t-shirt "We Are The Thirsty City", Vinyl sign "Daddy Daddy It Was Just Like You Said", Chungking Mansions, HongKong, 2017.
We recently did a workshop with the graphic design students of the Gerrit Rietveld academy in Amsterdam. The workshop was based on the book 'The Collapse of the Western Civilisation' by Noami Oreskes & Erik M. Conway. The book discusses the 'history of climate change' from the perspective of a Chinese historian from the 24th century, a post climate change world. Discussing from the point of view of a stable society the book talks about the consequences, crises and changes to the world during our time. Based on real predictions, it creatively mixes facts like sea level rise, the disappearance of large coastal areas, species extinction, food crises with fictional historical events and ultimately, how climate change was finally solved and the changes necessary to achieve this. This mix of science fiction and fact paints a vivid picture of the climate change problem and puts into perspective the massive consequences we are facing if we do not act fast. The workshop resulted in an exhibition at Amsterdam Artis Zoo aquarium space, covering four main themes: market power, public opinion, geo-engineering and post-collapse world. Amsterdam, 2017.
Opening performance – miccheck
Graphic design for the exhibition "White Walkers" curated by Kaspars Grosevs. Riga, Latvia, 2017.
Artificial reef built underwater in collaboration with Malagasy fishermen to increase biomass at an overfished and warming affected area of the bay of Ranobe, the name means “the rock that gives life” chosen together with the fishermen. Bay of Ranobe, Madagascar, 2016.
Our contribution to fanfare inc. Chaumont catalogue
Our contribution to Wat nu Koetsier? Amsterdam, 2017.
An installation produced during a residency at Homealone, Amsterdam, 2016.
During our first trip to HongKong, we produced a series of posters and collected a bunch of audio/video materials, inspired by the city's infrastructure and references to science fiction. Hongkong, 2015.
Gaile Pranckunaite and Mislav Zugaj sometimes but not always work together as sprawl. That’s us. We are interested in the repercussions of climate change which we address through artefacts and research. To find untold collective stories, we draw from field work in geographical and social regions with contradicting pasts and threatened futures, like fishermen villages in the Bay of Ranobe in Madagascar, nostalgic teenagers in post colonial Hong Kong and what happens when you put 55 graphic design students in an aquarium. By looking at globalisation and multiculturalism as tools, we are, we guess, developing a practice with an activist and collaborative bent.
Gaile works as a designer in Vilnius, Lithuania. Mislav works in healthcare in Amsterdam, The Netherlands..