The House System: The Space-Matter-Labor Scenario in the Age of Climate Crisis

This is a research project that visualizes the materials industry that constructs our daily living space and the network of labor and distribution that constitutes this industry. The process of production, distribution, and disposal of materials that make up the modern environment—from the concrete that goes into the frame of the house to the plastic bowls in the kitchen—is one of the main causes of climate change. Given that about 40% of the world’s carbon emissions are due to the construction industry, we must understand the production, consumption, and recycling system of the material living environment, and how the production and consumption practices of daily life, working methods, living spaces, and household goods have to change together. Based on research over the past twenty years on climate change and responses to climate change, The House System aims to develop a platform for delivering a visual experience that the general public can respond to, modeled on the current system in which the material living environment is produced in Korea.    


Curator: Hyungmin Pai (University of Seoul)