Overtourism is a problem of our globalized world. Overcrowding, massive Cruiseships, carelessly left rubbish and the enormous stress on locals are just some of the many problems associated with overtourism. However, tourists are not aware of the damage they do to the environment and the locals.
Queues. critically and ironically confronts the public with the issue of overtourism in a graphic display. It is a project, that visualises patterns of queues that can be seen in front of famous sights. The public space is caught in the form of souvenirs, that can be bought by informed and self-ironic tourists to bring back home.
Overtourism shows the many problematic aspects of modern globalized life and makes clear that urgent action needs to be taken. In which world should our children grow up and will it even be possible to travel as we know it in 50 years’ time? If we do not take care of the problems immediately, contaminated water, microplastics and excessive Co2 pollution will make this impossible. Overtourism as such is a symptom of globalization and can only be mitigated, if everyone who has the privilege of travelling for leisure starts to think about the effects of their actions. But how can people be mobilised and confronted with the issues, even if they do not feel like it?
The implementation of an aesthetically interesting and critical object manifesting in a form known to tourists: Souvenirs. This approach is a suitable way to start an informal confrontation. Expressed through t-shirts, pens, mugs and bags – tourists can bring a piece of the problem they created back home.
- Date August 2020
- University HAWK Hildesheim – Faculty of Design
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