Apocalypse Project: Ideas for a Hotter Planet

Fashion show and discussion of apocalyptic apparel, developed by artist Catherine Young during a residency at ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Lab.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 19, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Advance tickets $10, at the door $15

Climate change couture explores the future of fashion as a warming planet increasingly impacts lifestyle. Part of The Apocalypse Project by Catherine Young, the collection asks questions about how we might live when the earth is not all that livable. Young developed the works during a residency at ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Lab in Singapore.

Join us at swissnex to preview the objects and participatory art and to hear from researchers as well as the artist before a public exhibition of the work opens at the Institute for the Future Gallery in Palo Alto.


6:30 pm    doors open
7:00 pm    artist and research talks
8:00 pm    audience Q&A
8:30 pm    DJ, VJ, and Climate Change Couture fashion show
10:00 pm  doors close

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Stefan Müller

Stefan Müller Arisona is a computer scientist and artist who seeks to combine principles from computer graphics, digital media, and human-computer interaction and apply them to a variety of fields such as architectural and urban modeling, digital art, and entertainment. He is a professor of computer science at the Institute of 4D Technologies (i4Ds) of FHNW Switzerland, and a principal investigator at ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.

He received his PhD from the University of Zurich in 2004, and was a post-doctoral fellow at ETH Zurich and UC Santa Barbara. As an artist, DJ, and VJ, he has performed and exhibited worldwide at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club, the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, and at Singapore’s Zouk.


David Harris

David Harris is Research Director at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. He works to bring a critical social activist perspective to IFTF’s work. He contributes regularly to the Governance Futures Lab, Ten-Year Forecast, Technology Horizons, Health, and Food Futures programs. His research across programs focuses on poverty and inequality, development, geopolitics, political economy, social movements, and new media technology. As a cross-disciplinary mediamaker, he also founded the Global Lives Project, a growing video library of life experience. Follow David Harris on Twitter for more information on his research.


Simon Schubiger

Simon Schubiger has been developing various interactive media art installations (e.g. for the Ars Electronica Center) and has performed live visuals at more than one hundred electronic music events over the past decades as a member of the Scheinwerfer collective. He is also the co-developer of the Soundium2 multi-media platform and ETH Zurich’s NOVA voxel display. In parallel, Simon Schubiger is a professor for computer graphics and game design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.


Bettina Warburg

Bettina Warburg is a Public Foresight Strategist at the Institute for the Future. Bettina has a background in global governance and cultural diplomacy. Her interest in engaging the future by looking at the past has led her to projects across the world: she has written for Georgetown University Press on German nationalism, researched the Tamil diaspora, and produced cultural radio shows for NPR in Berlin. Bettina received her MSc from Oxford University and BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Governance design, futures thinking, and how to grow the public imagination inform much of her research and project areas at the IFTF, including in launching the Governance Futures Lab

Catherine Young

is an artist, designer, researcher, and writer whose work explores alternative futures through interactive storytelling and sensory experiences. She uses her interdisciplinary practice to create high impact projects and exhibitions that evoke conversation about our collective futures from a wide range of audiences. Her first solo exhibition was in a science museum.

Young received her degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from Manila, fine art education from Barcelona, and has an MFA in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York as a Fulbright scholar. Previously, she participated in residencies and fellowships in New York, Barcelona, Seoul, Manila, and at the Singapore­-ETH Centre.


Ika Arisona

Ika Arisona is an Indonesian-Swiss jewellery maker who brings together Asian and European culture and heritage through her art. She founded her own label AJA in 2012 and all her pieces have an individual character and are handcrafted with lots of love to carry the spirit of her life journey. Ika collaborated closely with Catherine Young on the jewelry collection for Climate Change Couture.

More Info

Combining science and design, the Future Cities Laboratory develops new knowledge, technologies, and approaches for a sustainable urban future. Future Cities Laboratory is the first program of the Singapore­-ETH Centre for global environmental sustainability, established by ETH Zurich — the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich — and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), as part of the NRF’s Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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