A Future Domestic Landscape
10 weeks, 2017, Umeå Institute of Design
Speculative Design, Fictional Design, Critical Design
The brief was to Imagine domestic life in your home country soon from now. The project was an opportunity to speculate critically on various current weak signals in the society.
The project presents a fictional future for the underprivileged female fishery communities living in the coastal region of India. It speculates the impact of climate change on their livelihoods, They become traders of ‘Climate action’ data, vending their generational understanding of dealing with the change.
The short film and the concept design was exhibited at Humlab-X, an interdisciplinary digital lab at Umeå University. At the public exhibition, visitors were asked to imagine what would they imagine inside the climate data packages.
Marginalised communities living in coastal region of southern India
Global weak signals of the society as the strength of the project
Representation of women working within fishery and outside their community
Warm and earthy tone
Under privileged community
APPROACH: CRAFTING FICTION
At the beginning of the speculative course, while I was doing desktop research, I came across a lot of critical design projects in the developed world where technological development is taken for granted.There were limited projects which explore fictional design for unprivileged people which suffer the most from the wicked problems of the world in the current settings. I decided to speculate for them in this course, showcasing their strengths. Through the design process, I decided to give a face to intangible data.
It was challenging but also fascinating for me to explore speculative design world, how writing (the Design Fiction, screenwriting) can be used as a tool to communicate a design concept, Especially when having to break down a complex context into a short story and one artefact.