Speculative Design – The Arctic’s 24/7 banking ship

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What sounds like the plot for a videogame or a movie is one of the most interesting design/art projects in recent years. What speculative designer Tobias Revell has created with 88.7 is a journey into a world carefully made up and designed all the way through.

Ok, let’s start at the beginning: “In the early 2040′s an ex-Soviet Arktika class icebreaker was recommissioned to act as an experiment in global finance at 88.7 degrees latitude – the heart of the arctic sea. Here it could circumnavigate the world in twenty-four hours, allowing it to stay in constant contact with trading zones throughout the world. The experiment was a phenomenal success. A few years later the European Union and its nation-state constructs were on the edge of dissolution into the greater body of the European Equestrian Union, an event marked by commemorative one hundred Euro bills for the crew. On board, the intensity of risk undertaken by traders led to mutations in their brain chemistry that optimised their abilities but made them suicidal, aggressive, animalistic and in some cases even manifested as horns on their epidermis. During its mission, it instigated an ideological power fracture in Russia, the growth of a uniquely North Korean economic solution in the broadcast of its mass games and the legitimisation of a highly competitive, individualistic way of life.”

Go and check out 88.7 over here and check out the Flickr page for the project.

Via the always adorable we-make-money-not-art where you also find an interview with Tobias Revell..

And don’t forget to look a the other projects by Tobias Revell. Below you find his latest film.

New Mumbai

During the Indian Civil War, the Dharavi slums of Mumbai were flooded with refugees looking to escape the conflict. The Mumbai authorities, distracted by defence of the city and facing an already over-populated and poverty stricken slum could do little to maintain a semblance of civilised life in the area. Sometime later a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure – providing heat, light and building material for the refugees. Dharavi rapidly evolved it’s own micro-economy based around the mushrooms. This documentary tells the story of some of the characters involved from Mumbai and the rest of the world and how Dharavi came to be such a unique place.

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