Possessed by Possessions
A systems study of consumerism
In this fast paced world, we have lost track of what we really need and don’t think twice about our actions. We have become a part of the use and throw culture. We keep getting influenced by new products, improved versions, updates and never ending trends, thus falling prey to consumerism.
Me along with my teammates explored the current scenario of consumerism and tried to find solutions to the problems.
We have clutter all around us but we hardly notice it anymore. During our research phase we made people click photos of their own clutter to make them aware of the products that they were overlooking.
An experimental setup which made people buy things for their ideal home brought people face to face with the reality of their shopping habits. Arranging their shopping list into needs, wants and desires made the shoppers realize that they consume much more than what they could do with.
These experiments and the secondary research helped us map out the current system and to find connections and problems in it.
The collected data was then visualized along with possible solutions.
Visualizations in the form of a Gigamap help in communicating the system very easily and effectively to any audience. It also plays an important role in striking up a conversation about the existing problems and in inspiring change.
Click on the map to zoom in
One of the solutions visualized in the Gigamap was implemented to see the response and the effect of this idea.
We set up a pop up shop with several activities which could create awareness, encourage the act of sharing and lead to skill building for visitors to tackle the problem of consumerism.
Stations where visitors could learn the art of reusing and upcycling were set up.
Games which people could play and learn about the problems at the same time were designed
Thought provoking exhibitions were set up.
The entire process of this project, the research and the outcomes were documented in the form of this booklet.