EUtopia or Eternal DAMnation?


The London Design Biennale which is taking over Somerset House this September is set to be a thought provoking exhibition exploring those big questions, among which are the topics of immigration and social equality, through innovative design ideas from the rising stars from 30 countries across the world.

Belgium has decided to jump in at the deep end, addressing the polemic issue of Brexit which remains something of a taboo for many living in London, especially among the international community.

A Broken Vision of EUtopia

2016 marks the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s “Utopia”, a book which continues as fresh and radical today as when originally published in Leuven, Belgium, 1516.

Belgium’s design team is fronted by Benoît van Innis with DAMnation as the administering body. They have based their contribution on More’s description of utopia as well as the fictional island map in the shape of a skull which was published alongside it, as a base to muse upon the future, or lack thereof, of modern EUtopia.

With Brussels and France showing a united front after recent terrorist attacks, the Brussels design team ponder whether this will be enough to maintain a united EU after the results of Brexit.