La Terrasse Vol.3 - V E G A N I S M


“Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bull-fights, and crucifixions hath he hitherto been happiest
on earth; and when he invented his hell, behold, that was his heaven on earth “Thus Spake
Zarathustra: A Book for All and None ״ (Friedrich Nietzsche, 1961, p. 234)

What the future might hold has always been a point in question and speculations for creative minds like artists, writers or designers who have attempted to envision and visualize futuristic architecture, clothing, agriculture, transportation and even humanity itself. The vision of future human endeavor offers alternatives to snags and hitches of the contemporary world and exhibit transformations or radical shift to a world where data, knowledge and information as continually evolving to create hyper realties that are either utopian models or annihilation. 

Plywood, paint brush, sandpaper, safety gloves, cork, brass, copper, plaster, paper, wood glue, glaze, MDF, black pigment, aluminum mold, photographic film, inkjet paper, cellular concrete, cardboard, wallpaper, paint rollers, glossy paint, crayons, chalk, wood wax, canvas, rubber, certain plastics, silk, asphalt, bookbinding, and so on and so forth. All of these are products and common materials that can be used in the design process to materialize the finalized product. Each and every product may contain animal ingredients or may be manufactured with the support of wildlife components. Today, the range of materials which contain animal ingredients extend far beyond the common known animal products, like leather, suede or wool. Animal ingredients such as gelatin binder, bone glue, collagen, stearic acid, among others, are blended into materials and products that we fail to recognize and relate to the standard industry practices where animals are turned into meat and leather. Diverse industries work in harmony such that two dissimilar manufacturers coexist in a mutually beneficial manner to maximize profits from one cow, pig or chicken and their like. The main parts are used for food, and the remaining - blood, bones, fat, skin and hair - are gathered and traded with various industries.

Does a chair need protein? It is necessary to address this question in the context of time. Perhaps in 2020 the manufacturing of a wooden chair will still consist of bone glue. But in theory, in a possible future Vegan world, what would be the substitutes for animal ingredients in sanding paper, glue, wood wax and paints to accomplish a design of a vegan wooden chair. How can we reach the level of purity and virtue of a 100% animal free vegan design?

La Terrasse's third presentation of work will explore the options of designers to design with zero use of animal ingredients in their design processes and outcomes, this resolution will require and force the participants to explore the materials they use, to reconsider their tools and to invent new paths to form their concepts. This is a visionary look to a future where no exploitation of animals is allowed and the action of making use of and benefiting from substitute resources is a fundamental duty.