Institute without Boundaries/Bruce Mau Design at the RealTime Studio (55 Mill) to February 12. 416-866-8687. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
bruce mau is a very smart fellow. A bit verbally flatulent, but once you peel back the blah, blah, blah there's real brains. Last year, for the first time, he passed down the big questions of the day to a small group of students like a modern-day Socrates - though not quite that smart. The inaugural class at the Institute Without Boundaries was challenged to address the concept of massive change (www.massivechange. com).
The result is some very large thinking, none of it radically new, but an impressive synthesis of a lot of leading idea-makers nonetheless.
Through an ongoing radio program (CIUT 89.5, Tuesday 10 to 11 am), an upcoming show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, an in-process book for Phaidon and a series of posters at the last Venice Biennale, these students have created a glorious, idealistic vision of the future. Posters for their Utopia Station project bear messages like "We will bring unlimited energy to the entire world."
But what makes the Institute Without Boundaries a success isn't the overly ambitious talk. It's that the students have walked away from the program to take smaller, more realistic steps. Stripping all the Mauisms down to their essence, they've started a new socially conscious design firm called Work Worth Doing (www.workworthdoing.com). Given the talent they've displayed, they're probably worth working with. Creators across T.O., from students to stars, think big thoughts