Many Worlds Working Group (MWWG), 2017 -
Meinong's Jungle (Theory of Objects), 2015
Not Here, Not Now (Video), 2015
UMK: Lives and Landscapes, 2014
Not Here, Not Now, 2014
The School of Constructed Realities, 2014
Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming, 2013
United Micro Kingdoms, 2012/13
What if... Beijing International Design Triennial, 2011
St Etienne Design Biennale, 2010
Between Reality and the Impossible, 2010
Wellcome Windows, 2010
EPSRC IMPACT! Exhibition, 2010
Designs for an Overpopulated Planet: Foragers, 2009
What If..., 2009
After Life Euthanasia Device, 2009
Work in progress, 2009
Do you want to replace the existing normal? 2007/08
Technological Dreams Series: No.1, Robots, 2007
Spymaker, 2006/07
Evidence Dolls, 2005
Designs for Fragile Personalities in Anxious Times, 2004/05
Is This Your Future? 2004
BioLand, 2002/03
Placebo Project, 2001
Park Interactives, 2000
MSET, 2000/01
Project #26765: Flirt, 1998-00
Weeds, Aliens and Other Stories, 1994-98
Hertzian Tales, 1994-97
UMK: Lives and Landscapes, 2014
Bioliberals visiting an Anarcho-evolutionist zoo lab
Bioliberal Couple
Anarcho-evolutionist Greetings: Balloonists
Anarcho-evolutionist Greetings: Cyclists
Communo-nuclearist control room, viewing platform and library
Digitarians visiting one of Bioland’s more extreme attractions
Anarcho-evolutionist
Here-an-Nowists protesting in Digiland
Bioliberals showing Digitarians biocar skins growing in a field factory
Anarcho-evolutionist national sport
Anarcho-evolutionist national sport (Detail)
Digitarian
Digitarian
Anarcho-evolutionist experiments
Communo-nuclearist
A corner of the biennial UmK Festival of Futures displaying amateur inventions from each kingdom
Communo-nuclearits Classroom
Representatives from each micro-Kingdom attending the quinquennial signing of the UmK Memorandum of Tolerance
Anarcho-evolutionists demonstrating a communal musical instrument for Bioliberal visitors
The Communo-nuclearists’ famous Lending Library of Things
We were commissioned by curator Zoe Ryan to develop elements of the United Micro Kingdoms project for the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial - The future is not what it used to be. We worked closely with illustrator Miguel Angel Valdiva to develop 20 scenes depicting the lives and landscapes of the UmK. They included:

Bioliberals showing Digitarians biocar skins growing in a field factory: The Bioliberal landscape is visually hellish by today’s standards, but sustainable, symbiotic, beautifully functional and effective.

Digitarians visiting one of Bioland’s more extreme attractions: Decay is everywhere. 'Beautiful Rotting' is an important concept for Bioliberals.

Anarcho-Evolutionist Experiments: Since there is little or no regulation of self-experimentation things can, and do go wrong. Mishaps are publicly shared and celebrated to maintain support for the practice.

Anarcho-Evolutionist Greetings: Balloonists
Greetings are an opportunity to measure evolutionary progress. When members of the same clan greet one another, they compare the physical attributes that they have evolved to accommodate their method of transportation: for the Balloonists, a tall, lean frame, and for the Cyclists, well-developed thighs. Those who are evolutionarily “older” have inherited the most adapted features.

Balloonists compare the size of their feet by placing them side by side. Men touch the outside of their feet together, women the inside, and men and women simply touch toes, as sexual dimorphism removes the need for direct comparison. Foot size, as an indicator of height, reveals the evolutionary age of the individual. (Observed by Lana Z Porter)

Communo-Nuclearist: No body on the train speaks about the future, just as no one speaks about growth. They live in a perpetual present. If you asked about their hopes for the future they would probably say: “like now, but better”. The concept of better exists but has been dissociated from notions of progress and growth.

A Here-and-Now protest in Digiland: This group places an enormous emphasis on fully engaging with the present, the place you are in, and the people you are with, now. They rip their ‘wearable' gadget sleeves off in protest.

The Communo-nuclearists’ famous Lending Library of Things: The train inhabitants do not own anything, and consequently, they don’t inherit anything. Everything is shared and used as needed. The number of things needed is carefully calculated for the number of people on board. Obviously there is limited space, but then that only helps to prioritise what things should exist, what is valuable, and deemed worthy of a place in their great lending library of things.


Thanks to:
Zoe Ryan, Deniz Ova, Meredith Carruthers, Miguel Angel Valdiva and Lana Z Porter.




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