Kolding, Denmark
DSKD Thesis Project
Exhibited at Designership Gallery

Megan Krahn and
Dominika Majewska

Our lifestyles are supported by highly refined systems and infrastructures that increase the disconnect between the performance of the network supporting our daily rituals, and the performance of environmental systems that support wildlife. These systems are interrelated, but we feel the lack of performance of the environmental system generally slower or to a lesser degree than wildlife, which has less sophisticated systems to protect themselves against wildfires, famine, or loss of habitat.

Technologies have been a large factor in the creation of these disconnects, but can we use technology to subvert that narrative, and recreate the connections between urban dwellers and the natural world? New developments in brain-to-brain technology might help us increase empathy and understanding when we can use this technology to “place ourselves in the shoes of another.”

Functions of the Exhibit:
1. Present State
2. Transition
3. Future State

The Present State is an introductory as well as an exit - it is the death stage of the lifecycle. In order for new habits and new understandings to come to be, we have to mourn and acknowledge what we are leaving behind. 

The Transition is an in-between space, loosely structured, easily assembled and disassembled, like a blanket fort. Blanket forts, a nearly universal nostalgia, reflects back to a collective and individual past of innocence, growth, and intense learning of the world. Children are continually renegotiating the terms and conditions of how they understand, relate, and interact with their environment, and the transition brings us back to this state that has been outgrown with the loss of adolescence.  

The Future State presents the speculative product, in the projected future. Using props to create textural awareness of the outerwear of animals, and a VR headset that displays a first-person perspective of an animal, a prototype of a real experience is created. There are ethical questions raised from the embodiment of these animals: Is it justified to embody animals, without their consent, in order to create more empathy and respect of humans towards animals?