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What could the visual representation of the future home planet look like?

Imagination of the future does not have to come in shades of silver and dystopian surroundings. Current images of the forthcoming times were often, in contrast to the visual language of space exploration, developed throughout the 20th century, and many of them were imagined long before space travel was a technical possibility and real images of space existed. Furthermore, many of these images were prospective imaginations to render the future world as desirable.

The book «Futurenova» goes farther. It is a book that imagines what the future planet could look like. Without knowing the “truth”, I created concepts of a new reality of which I dream to become substantial. Based on a story from the future, I re-created the life of an astronaut exploring the newly discovered planetary system called Trappist_1. I try to answer the question of whether in the future, we might be able to use contemporary media, and base our perspective on the 20th century «space-boom feeling» - and not on the «Star Wars» machinery.

«Futurenova» is a critique of present-day science-fiction and a speculative way of imagining our future shelter. It attempts to revitalise the visual imagination of space exploration beyond historic clichés and current stereotypes in order to provide alternative visual experiences, imaginations and dreams.

Degree project: Michał Bździuch
Specialization: MA Visual Communication, 2018
Mentors: Dr. Björn Franke, Cybu Richli