Monumental Wastelands ia research platform led by Déborah López and Hadin Charbel that investigates the production of immersive narratives. Through mixing different representational and interactive techniques, we explore what modes and forms of life propagate in the near future. Using climate fiction as a vehicle, various realities are researched, experimented with and projected. This year’s focus is on the arctic zones experiencing permafrost thaw as a result of warming temperatures.
Various technologies are hacked and synthesised using sensors, actuators and hybrid materials in producing a new series of sentient machines for scanning, sorting, organising, conditioning and producing in context. These small-scale prototypes are appropriated and subsumed into larger speculative architectural assemblages, putting forward new potential forms situated between performance, sentience and intelligence.