Futures prototype at Media Evolution City exploring work in a changing climate 

It’s rather quiet in this part of town. The sounds of seagulls and pumps pumping out water to keep the level stable are mixed with the sound of Marta’s steps in the ankle-deep water. Marta feels a sense of lightness today. She stops to admire the old shipyard where decades ago, ships that sailed the world were built. Marta sits down on a bench to enjoy the surroundings breathing in the fresh air and the smell of algae. It is still early and she is in no rush to work.

The Futures prototype We work, we share, we care by the Malmö-based visual artist Mariella Ottosson in collaboration with Media Evolution will be opened at Media Evolution City on 22 August 2022. The futures prototype, one of 11 financed by the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova seeks to spark reflection, dialogue and new imaginations of how the effects of climate change will impact work, value creation and organising human efforts in the future.

The installation will be located at Media Evolution City on Stora Varvsgatan 6 in the Varvsstaden neighbourhood of Malmö – a neighbourhood once hosting the Kockums shipyard, today a place at the heart of creative, knowledge-based and digital industries in Malmö. It builds on Media Evolution’s foresight work ranging from immersive experiences to collaborative foresight and the two-day foresight and innovation conference The Conference

The installation takes visitors into a future of a day in the life of Marta who contributes her time and effort to take care of an autonomous algae plantation – a source of prosperity and resilience of the whole community in Malmö.

The installation will be open to the public for visits until mid-November this year. On 25 August, Media Evolution will host a workshop diving deeper into questions that arise from the exhibition (register here). In September, another workshop will be held focusing on the future of work, value creation and ownership building on the signals on decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) and what potentials they might open up for a local community.

Image: Anna Atkins “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions”, (1843). Image source: The Rijksmuseum)

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