"Rules?"


July 2, 2021 – November 28, 2021

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Gallery 1 & 2

We are pleased to announce that the exhibition "Rules?" will be opening at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT on July 2, 2021. A team of three directors--legal expert Tasuku Mizuno, cognitive designer Syunichi Suge, and curator Miyuki Tanaka--will be combining their individual perspectives to create an exhibition that explores new ways of looking at, creating, and utilizing rules, and rethinks the future of exhibitions in general.
We are surrounded by rules in our daily lives: the constitution and other laws; protocols concerning public infrastructures and services that underpin our society; culturally derived codes and etiquette; and customs established unconsciously within families and by individuals. Our thoughts and behaviors are shaped by such a wide range of rules.
These rules are currently undergoing major shifts in response to the changes in our industry and social structures, and to advancements in technology. Rules are hard to pin down and can easily become mere formalities; as such, each and every one of us must be conscious of the rules around us, question their foundations, and think about them flexibly as issues in which we all have a stake. By engaging with diverse rules and constantly updating them, we can expand our society and its future possibilities toward more open and enriching directions.
The exhibition will explore possible ways to design the rules by which we will live together in tomorrow's society. This question will be addressed from a variety of angles: for example, how to update our laws and regulations in keeping with the times; incorporate minority opinions that are often disregarded by rule-makers; interpret data to gain a broader perspective on our society; allow citizens to collectively tackle social issues using technology, a practice known as "civic tech." The exhibition will also look at sorts of constraints that can catalyze creativity and inspire new possibilities, and at ways in which rules and customs can arise out of people's behaviors. It will be an exhibition that nurtures in each of us the ability to engage positively with rules --to be active participants in shaping the future.

For details, please visit the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT website.
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