SE.4 – Elective Seminar
Faculty: Mathilde Marengo, Ece Tankal (Hyphen-Labs)
Student assistants: Merve Savatli, Mohamad Elatab

In the past few decades, individuals have experienced dramatic changes in some of the most established dimensions of human life: time, space, matter, and individuality. These changes strain our everyday life and how we interact with the environment bringing us to question and design for how we will live in the future.
The course will focus on a future scenario in 2053, where the global population will have hit 10 billion and the strain on the environment in both natural and artificial frameworks, toxicity levels, health and life expectancy, social interaction, and much more, will all have severe effects on our day to day relations: how we interact with each other and with our habitat.
Artifacts from the future will work towards the development of meta-objects taken from the future, 2053, and brought back to the present, along a series of specific thematics.

Lorenz Potthast, Decelerator Helmet.

Future scenario – 2053

  • A vast increase in the number of deaths due to both Indoor and outdoor air pollution: meta-objects for people to navigate the toxic air of the future;
  • With the increase in life expectancy, mental health, elderly care and stress issues mainly related to the aging population will propagate, among which the most common dementia: meta-objects for people suffering from these health related issues to interact with their environments and others in the future;
  • An increment in contaminated lands, left by industrial societies and production, will be repopulated by both flora and fauna: meta-objects allowing nature to take its course and reconfigure our anthropocene landscapes.

Artifacts from the future is orchestrated following an analytical, experimental and design methodology, proposing to use speculation as a tool to study the dynamics and explore the trend scenarios for our future, imagining and realising objects that will allow us to interact between ourselves and with our future habitat. At their core, all of the projects will explore temporality and spatiality in order to provoke novel design insights, to critique the present, and envision alternative potential futures.

The projects will be collected at the end of the course to set up an experiential meta-museum installation.

Shot of the Geomerce installation, designed by Studio Gionata Gatto in collaboration with Giovanni Innella and programmed by Eelke Feenstra, at the industrial design biennial BIO in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Dunne & Raby, Designs for an overpopulated planet- Foragers
Encrypted Biometrics – IAAC MAA  2016