Artifacts of Possible Futures

Insektensterben - Entwicklung eines Spekulativen Designkonzepts / Insect Extinction - Development of a Speculative Design Concept

Anna Maxwell

Januar / January - 2022

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Master of Arts


By establishing inefficient monocultures in agriculture, minimising habitats, emitting toxins and maintaining capitalist systems that reward selfish behaviour, we are currently moving further and further towards the destruction of our own habitat and the planet's biodiversity, which is vital to us. Against this backdrop, it is of utmost importance to find ways and overcome thinking blocks to make new realities imaginable. In 1972, the Club of Rome published a report on the state of humanity, "The Limits to Growth." In it, three possible future scenarios were calculated: the Business-as-usual scenario, the Comprehensive-Technology scenario, and the Stabilized-World scenario. These possible scenarios were presented in the master's thesis "Artifacts of possible Futures" using three short stories recorded as audio books which are set in the year 2038. In all scenarios, massive societal changes occur, but they take a completely different turn. . Through the manifestation of diegetic prototypes from these stories, the boundary between the real and the fictional is crossed. Showing possible future scenarios opens the room for debate and enables new perspectives on challenges of the present and the world we live in or don't want to live in.