Working with 30 students from the Institute Integrative Design, MasterStudio, at the University of Northwestern Switzerland in Basel over two sessions spread over two months,
We developed a very detailed set of contexts, narratives and worlds which were firstly rendered into a series of radio plays; From which they identified and designed the iconic objects;
fabricating and envisaging objects as props for the creation of a photographic ‘archive of objects that haven’t been invented (yet)’. The resulting projects included:
God Hates E-minds; explores a future where consciousness is stored digitally when your physical body passes away, the project examined the storage and ownership of personal data, from possible individual, activist and corporate perspectives.
‘Being Social’ examines a future where human interactions have become more and more isolated and introvert, the guidebook for social interactions helps to counter this shift, offering useful advice, parameters and instruction for being more social.
‘Cai-borg’ is a story about a machine who may have learnt too much. Sitting within its workshop home a previously un-gendered robotic arm takes cues from its physical surroundings and information it learnt online to move from ‘it’ to ‘he’.
Arm Farm provides a solution to environmental concerns, through slightly modifying one’s skin it could be possible to grow air filtration ‘farm’s’ to provide fresh air for respiration in an increasingly polluted world.