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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2019 ➔ Speculative Weeds


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Joyce Zheng (designer)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)
Jessica Marshall (thesis advisor)


May 21 2019


Speculative design and art has long been used as platforms for discussing the ecological crisis and the Anthropocene. Among other projects in this field, my thesis is trying to explore how art and speculative design can create narratives that discuss the Anthropocene from the perspective of plants and nature. It is an interactive fictional herbarium documenting three future urban species and how they have evolved to adapt to different urban environments. The interaction includes an AR experience reproducing the survival strategy of those species. Though this interactive herbarium, I hope the fictional narratives will lead my audiences to critically think about our relationship with nature in future urban cities. Instead of explaining the Anthropocene as in the signification of human dominance over the geological environment, nature is gradually evolving to react to the forces unleashed by humans and even take advantage of them. This new perspective on the Anthropocene invites my audiences to critically think what humanity means to the other species and how we should think and position ourselves in this long evolution history.



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