Cathrine Disney




INEXORABLE // Rage Against The Denial Machine


This project was created for the Biodesign Challenge 2017 in response to the brief set by Central Saint Martins under the theme of 'The Anthropocene'. The competition offers art and design students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student work.
How can we use biodesign as a form of activism to dispute arguments of anthropological global warming denial and create political pressure on powerful public figures?

Global warming can be described as a ‘hyperobject’. As it is not a tangible concept, global warming is difficult to perceive meaning that it is easy to deny and dispute its cause. With over 50% of the population living in cities, the disconnection to our planet is greater than ever.

A key factor influencing the public perspectives of global warming is skepticism from powerful public figures, many of which financially benefit from the coal and fuel industries.
The Denial Machine consists of several key figures and organisations including Willie Soon, Nigel Lawson, Christopher Monckton, Clexit, Koch Industries, Southern Company, API, ExxonMobil as well as many other smaller contributors.

Rage Against The Denial Machine is the first campaign from grassroots activist group, INEXORABLE, created by Cathrine Disney and Davide Piscitelli.

The campaign targets a key group of anthropogenic global warming deniers: Clexit - the coalition leading the great climate escape, whose founding statement claims:

“Carbon dioxide is NOT a pollutant - it is a natural, non-toxic and beneficial gas which feeds all life on earth. It’s increasing concentration is improving the environment, not harming it.”
The ‘Crystal Geyser CO2 Diffuser’ has been created, based on this statement, as a critical design tool. The product is intended to be launched on Kickstarter because crowdfunding is often used to decide what products are ‘worthy’ to get to market. By subverting the crowdfunding system and instead using it as an artistic platform and public space for discussion, the campaign intends to highlight the absurdity of the denial machine and to initiate debate and public consciousness.