Future Erasure

Future Erasure is a futurescaping workshop we created at CIID Research (DK) together with partners at the Media, Culture, Heritage at the University of Newcastle (UK).

The workshop is built to engage museum leaders in a pressing and possible future scenario: what are the experiences of heritage in a world where there is no longer enough space nor ability to store all of the heritage objects?

In that future, we invited experts and leaders from several museums to a challenge; try to build a universal canon to distinguish what is worth remembering and preserving from what is not.

We used speculative design and design fiction methods to create content and materials for this future, such as newspapers, films and a series of physical and digital prototypes to immerse our participants in this future scenario.

The experience centered on three major tasks in order to stimulate debate and push our participants to articulate their values and visions for the futures of their institutions' heritage: creating an algorithm for deletion, prototyping devices for experiencing deleted objects, and envisioning systems for the public to interact with deleted heritage. 

For example, one final concept pictured above envisions a future museum where "every human's obliged to carry condensed info of 5 objects of their choice. With your device you can re-experience your objects or retrieve objects from other people. To enhance your objects, use the central museum enhancer and share object data with other visitors."

Date: 2018
Details: Project link

Role: Principal Investigator
Technologies: d3.js

Collaborators: Monika Seyfried, Calle Nordenskjöld, Peter Kuhberg
Partners: University of NewcastleResearch Center for Material Culture

Awards: Recognised for Strategy & Research and Design Education Initiative in Core77 Design Awards 2018
Shortlisted for Disrupting in IXDA 2019