2019 BA Design Degree Show: Sam Warren and Maja Nordblom

This year’s Design Degree Show, “The Milk Has Turned Against Us”, opens to the public on 14 June at Copeland Park in Peckham. In the weeks leading to the show, we’re giving you a peek at the work that will be on display. Today, we’re highlighting the graduation project of Sam Warren and Maja Nordblom:

“What A Wonderful World?” is a sensory led, immersive adventure. Multiple pathways are available within the narrative of a fragile dystopian future, where our climate has become increasingly volatile. In this scenario, London has begun to flood due to rising sea levels and more irregular weather patterns. 

The experience takes place within a custom set, built to take the appearance of a kitchen within a small apartment in Central London. We have used projectors, multiple computers and a number of sensors and webcams to create a fully functional, standalone space for three people to experience at a time.

The thesis behind this project is that our everyday choices in life are often neither conscious nor thought out; rather they are spontaneous and instinctual. Therefore, creating an immersive experience that asks people to consider their unsustainable actions in life, must also have a narrative driven by unconscious human actions. 

Consequently the multiple pathways this narrative can take are guided by emotional recognition software and sensors that read the natural stress levels of the body. By allowing these instinctual, bodily outputs to guide the path this story takes, we believe we are better reflecting how we act in our everyday lives, forcing the audience to actively reflect upon their unsustainable, unconscious choices, more consciously.