“Helping to change the world and how we relate to it”: The speculative design project impregnating the earth’s crust with genetically modified chicken remains

The studio is interested in the embryonic stages of system transformation. It uses social dreaming and elements of world building to consider speculative hypothises. “Unlike the use of scenarios in business, military of climate science, our scenarios don’t try to bound uncertainty of the future,” says Nonhuman Nonsense, “but rather unbind certainty of the most probable future.” Aimed at members of the general public, its projects aim to enable more people to take part in discussions around what kind of societies we want, encouraging people (not just wealthy philanthropists, experts of policy makers) to realise they too have a say and an impact on the planet’s future.
As for the future, Nonhuman Nonsense is working towards publishing a book on The Pink Chicken Project and its surrounding discourses. Other than that, Linnea and Leo are working on a new project, Planetary Personhood, A Universal Declaration of Martian Rights! An interplanetary campaign seeking radical space decolonisation, the project “proposes independent personhood for the entire planet Mars, and considers the possibility of solidarity with the entities already there – the stones!” Investigating the idea of planetary ethics and how it doesn’t have to be entered around the concept of ‘life’, we can’t wait to find out more about the studio’s fascinating new findings and most importantly, how it makes us question about our own actions and impact in turn.
The pair came to speculative design as a way to make change. While Linnea studied art and industrial design, Leo, on the other hand, has a background in science and technology. Speculative design “felt meaningful”, like it could stir advancements and challenge the systems at play. “We feel that what underlies many of the planetary problems that we are experiencing in these turbulent times is our relationship to the nonhuman: animals, objects, ecology, technology, and the spectres between or beyond these categories.” Nonhuman Nonsense’s aim, as a result, takes stock of what is happening at this current moment in time; examining the narratives that we live under and the societies that are shaped. “It’s about openly exploring how, for example, human exceptionalism and extractivism leads to destructive ways of relating to the Earth, other people, and other beings.”

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