Emotions are universal, with shared meanings that transcend borders. Installations explored the full spectrum of emotions as classified by Charles Darwin, in his 1872 work, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animal. These emotions are; Anger, Contempt, Disgust, Fear, Happiness, Sadness and Surprise. London Design Biennale worked with world-leading creative partner Pentagram on a creative campaign to represent these 7 emotional states.
Visceral exhibits and experiences evoked moods and explored a particular country or city's design story. National entries asked: how does design evoke, communicate and manipulate emotions? How can design promote and support well-being? Conversely, how can design provoke and address anger and stress? How might emotionally durable designs reduce the impact of consumption and waste? What are the possible consequences of robots as emotional machines? The powerful theme allowed visitors to question some of the big issues of our time and interact with work by world-leading architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists in a broad, vibrant exhibition.
'Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement', Charles Darwin