I’ve been fairly obsessed for awhile on what the future will look like, but based on fact and scenario planning and well-informed opinions, not by sci-fi and Hollywood movies. I’m curious what our generation will experience, what our grand children will experience, and what is a reasonable, informed hypothesis about how the world will end.
Through conversations with David, we arrived at this interested idea (or what we think so!), combining The Anthropocene with our Non-Linear Storytelling class: The World in 2050. We’d like to interview three scientists/activists and get their informed opinions about what the world is going to look like. Some of the many questions will include:
What will the temperature be?
What will sea levels be like?
What will we eat?
How often will natural disasters occur?
What will sickness and disease look like?
Through long conversations, we want to distill this down to how our day-to-day life will be affected. We want to film visuals of a 65-year old (in other words, a 30 year old in 2015) living one day of their life. Through what we can effectively show on a limited budget (but with a bunch of in-house talent), we’d like to address some little issues that most people wouldn’t consider nowadays, on the island of Manhattan. We’d also like to treat it like scenario planning – it will be interactive and the user can flip between best case/worse case/and somewhere in the middle. These parallel stories have the sam scenes (i.e. eating breakfast, traveling to work), but they’ll each have different content depending on the scenario. We’d also like to experiment with documentary and fiction, with the user being able to toggle between the experts’ narration, and the dialogue/audio from the ‘fictionalized’ story.
It’s a large, ambitious project, but we are excited about that, and have a couple of other people in the non-linear class keen on working on it with us.
In the research process we’ll be reaching out to people to many experts, and I also hope to conduct surveys that try to gauge what people today will be very affected by that they weren’t previously aware of (no more coffee? limited meat diet options? etc). This can help us figure out what would be effective small-scale things to show, and we can form a narrative around that.
As a daily practice, I would like to draw/design/film something very small that I think, based on what I’ve learned, could be a reality in 2050. Examples could include: design of jellyfish or cricket food dishes, something illustrating ramifications of snow in july, etc.
I’m really excited about this, and I research and talk to more people, and trust the process, I hope to really hone in on a narrative, how to effectively film this, and a small ‘call to action’ for audiences.