Doomsday preppers are those who go above and beyond preparing themselves for the very worst outcomes in the world.
With a plan to outlive and outlast any apocalyptic scenario, doomsday preppers are ready and on show at Albany Town Hall in a new exhibition Preppers.
Preppers is an Art On The Move touring exhibition featuring sculptures, videos and installations from artists Tiyan Baker, Loren Kronemyer, Guy Louden, Dan McCabe and Thomas Yeomans.
The term preppers describes a group of people who collect specialised gear and practise survival skills in the event the world might end.
City of Albany arts and culture manager Paul Nielsen said the exhibition drew on consumer culture and real experience within prepping communities.
“Prepping is a culture and activity which most of us haven’t been exposed to, so events like this exhibition will open the audience’s eyes into a new phenomenon and way of thinking,” he said.
“It will have an array of reactions from wonder to absurd and everything in between which is why we enjoy experiencing and learning about new concepts, cultures and ideologies that make us think.”
Artist Loren Kronemyer said the idea for Preppers came from a conversation between the three curators about the possible futures they saw represented for themselves as millennials.
“For years we have collected and shared stories of billionaire bunkers, off-grid internet archives, Instagram-model gun hoarders, and other intersections of survivalism, capitalism, and digital culture,” she said.
“We want to dissect the popular narratives of doomsday, questioning what survival and preparedness look like and for whom.”
Preppers is free to view from 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday, until June 26.