One might wonder as to why a model of a standard Singapore house in 2219 features ‘amenities’ that include homemade hunting tools, snorkeling gear and a mini-hydroponic farm.
Superflux design studio founders Anab Jain and Jon Ardern predict that climate change will morph people’s lifestyles throughout the next century, as daily survival becomes much harder.
This model home takes the form of the art installation Mitigation of Shock, on exhibit at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Its mission is to address the problematic issues of extreme weather, economic problems and severed global supply chains.
The house comes complete with tools that residents require to source food and water, and to travel throughout the community.
The designers regard the project as optimistic in theme, as opposed to dystopian. They want to demonstrate the fact that human beings are indeed a resourceful species, able to make adaptions to new living conditions and environments, and to basically create a whole new way of living.
The Mitigation of Shock is intended as a vision of hope and emergence, one that shows a future in which people overcome climate change—and also to show people just how global warming might impact their future lives. This is an immersive simulation model that shows, in a provocative way, the possible social and economic consequences of climate change in the domestic arena.
Superflux initially designed the Mitigation of Shock installation for inclusion in a Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB) exhibit in Barcelona, a conceptualised vision of a flat in London. This advanced model is set in Singapore, a city that boasts a more concentrated urban density.
A kayak marks the apartment entry, a must have in a city in which rising sea levels have flooded the streets.
The view via a model window reveals a transformed streetscape. The window itself comes complete with an aluminium shutter, to shield the home during storms.
The apartment space blooms forth with plants, funghi, and insects, creating a self-sufficient eco system powered by way of computer technology.
The home features tools for hunting or catching fish, created from repurposed electronics, plastics and other objects. Spears are culled from circuit boards and a bamboo snare.
Lining the bookshelf are books that include How to Cook in a Time of Scarcity, while the daily paper reports national food shortages and energy rationing.
The model is intended to educate and empower those who fear the effects of the climate crisis—information that, according to Superflux, is not widely available. Ultimately, the exhibit—which they claim as their most ambitious yet–aims to show that, beyond survival, we can prosper and succeed in a post-climate change society.
Ultimately, Mitigation of Shock brings the future to life.
The exhibit will be on display at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore as a part of the exhibition 2219: Futures Imagined until 5 April 2020, and is also part of the Singapore Bicentennial.