Anab Jain’s work transports people into the future. The evolving installation Mitigation of Shock with Jon Ardern of her design studio Superflux imagines a random apartment in the London of 2050, or in a Singapore that has become a flooded city in 2219. Both are equipped with an array of DIY interventions, hydroponic farms and other tools for gathering, capturing, and storing food and water under new climate regimes. While their technical solutions are fascinating (and actually work), it is the vision that prevails: we not only survive but also thrive as we adapt and become smarter, stronger, fitter and better acquainted with other members of the planetary society. We tell ourselves stories in order to live, but we can craft better ones.
Anab Jain is a designer, an artist and a film maker. She is the co-founder and Director of Superflux, a speculative design studio based in London that explores the intersections of climate crisis, technology and more-than-human politics. Along with her partner Jon Ardern, she has produced critically acclaimed films, art and installations projecting the many possible futures for humankind. She is also a teacher at Design Investigations in the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Anab has worked for some of the world’s biggest, like Microsoft Research, Sony, Samsung and Nokia, and institutions like the Government of the UAE, Innovate UK, Cabinet Office UK, UNDP, Future Cities Catapult and Forum for the Future. She has exhibited work at MoMA New York, the National Museum of China, and the V&A in London.She has earned honours from Apple Computers Inc., UNESCO, the Geneva Human Rights Festival and TED.
[Video]: Trigger Warning
[Interview]: The Future Starts Here
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