Objects of Uncertainty

Anticipation Lab

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  • Summary

    Smart Objects will permeate our everyday life in the Year of 2047. This will change our relationship towards things. Objects of uncertainty evokes questions concerning our handling of, manipulation by and interaction with ordinary things in the future.

    Full description of the concept

    Objects of uncertainty will present individual insights into the everyday life of 2047. The installation showcases short stories in different formats, ranging from a user journey, a use-case to a ritual, a user manual or the description of an unboxing – all centered around a particular object of the future. Whilst hearing these stories, the objects can be experienced either as speculative probes or conceptual prototypes.

    The exhibition is based on participatory workshops about the appropriation practices of possible future objects. The workshops are the result of a four month seminar at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Through speculative methods, we created future storyworlds and narrative prototypes of objects from the year 2047. Confronted with these objects, the participants were tasked to reimagine everyday experiences. The framework we created acted as an immersive space, which combined individual expectations, contemporary tech-trends and everyday life situations. The results of this complex metamorphosis are poured into short stories of the near future.

    Objects of uncertainty are therefore both our starting point for and the outcome of the participatory workshops which aimed on co-constructing storyworlds for the year 2047.

    About the group/Artist

    The Anticipation Lab develops speculative visions of a future mundane. As future ethnographers we research todays visions of a time to come and explore our contemporary sociotechnical imaginaries. Through this, we open up spaces for discussion in which participants may radically redefine their ideas of possible alternatives for current situations, trends or issues.

    The Lab is connected to the University of the Arts in Berlin (UdK) and combines speculative fiction, participatory design and ethnographic research. The Project itself was brought to life in the context of an interdisciplinary seminar with people coming from various courses taught at the UdK.

    We are: Rosa Berndt, Guisett Cabrera, Julia Draher, Wenzel Mehnert, Leyla Sünnenwold, Fotini Takirdiki, Rosa Zumbusch.

    Budget overview

    Travel Expanses Berlin to Stockholm for the vernissage and the installation, seven group members:
    7.000 SEK

    Accomodation for seven group members for two - four nights:
    7.000 SEK - 14.000 SEK

    Material costs for max. seven prototypes:
    10.000 SEK - 20.000 SEK

    Media Player and headphones for max. seven installations:
    6.000 SEK - 10.000 SEK

    Cables, Straps, Gaffa Tape, etc.:
    1.000 SEK

    How can other drones co-create with you?

    As the narrated objects will be present at the installation, our fellow drones are warmly invited to become a part of objects of uncertainty by integrating their own story. This will culminate in a Hypernarrative, which spotlights the constantly changing perspectives of 2047 – published on the anticipation lab website.

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    •  The visions website

    • Do you need electricity? We will need at least 7 outlets and will bring our own cables in case we need more.

    • Will there be light? There will be spotlights on each object.

    • What is your audio footprint? We plan to work with headphones. Footprint will be low.

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