ICAD UpStarts exhibition piece
L.I.E Life Is Expression
After being cryogenically frozen for 20 years, I have woken up in the year 2035. The world is dark but has survived the apocalypse. Very few humans have survived. Creatures who have been born out of this harsh environment have high standards and hold all the power to survival. They are in control. They know little of what has been before and I cannot understand them.
Their society and power is based on the fact no one acts irrationally or emotionally. What can I offer them as a human in order to survive? How do I communicate to them?
As they are in control I want to enlighten them on how to bring human-expression into this new world by giving them the tools which will allow the creatures to express themselves more openly and emotionally. The objects consist of a spray can that represents art, a candle that casts shadows for storytelling and a drum for music.
Inevitably this will lead to emotional decision making. This species thrives on being rational and well thought out. Introducing emotional thinking will lead to irrational behaviour and their society will fall, leaving the remaining humans back in control.
A definition is seen on the side of each object in the 5 most common languages on earth; Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese and English in hope there is some knowledge of human verbal communication.
I also looked to past forms of visual communication that transcend cultural and verbal language. I used Isotype (a method of showing social, technological, biological and historical connections in pictorial form) to communicate how to interact with each item. The result is in the control of the creatures.