Part of the Designer in Residence Exhibition at the Design Museum London.
The Design Fiction ‘Indivicracy – Dance of the Peregrine’ tells the story of a future nation: diverged from settled existence, its citizens are constantly on the move and non-territorial, linked merely by a governmental network which follows them around the globe and across borders.
For the show at the Design Museum, their cultural highlights such as their national dance and dress are designed to help imagine the evolution of this alternative form of existence. Displayed as if on show in a museum for cultural history, the dance as well as some artefacts suggest a series of future historical events and draw a timeline explaining the formation of a government titled Indivicracy.
National dances are moments of communal celebration, they tell of the social structures and habits of a community and in addition to the display of the artefacts, an interactive installation asks visitors to learn the national dance. Thus engaged in a playful way, they are asked to celebrate migration and introduced to a communal ritual to do so.
While visitors can interact with four characters – cultural stereotypes who represent the variety of reasons for people to migrate, they simultaniously are informed about the history and the emergence of Indivicracy and the characters themselves.
‘The Roamer’ for example reflects the life of a migrant worker: his motions suggest a back and forth between two countries – one being his homeland and the other his place of work. The severe problems of migrant workers who are deprived of their legal rights whilst working abroad have motivated the project as they raised the central question of how governments might evolve in order to be able to protect us in an evermore global condition.
To show the wide spectrum of reasons for people to migrate, another character references the well known american trend of retirees who become so called ‘snow birds’ as they migrate away from their homes during the cold month and have build an extensive cult around the technical equipment supporting their nomadic lifestyle: ‘the Recreationalist’ – a person who travels merely for hedonist reasons – juggles to define longitude and latitude of his next destination. Instead of naming a country, members of an Indivicracy base everything on the coordinate system, stressing non-territoriality as major ideal.
The costumes main feature is a set of masks, once again supporting the need to eliminate the territoriality perceived through our skin and body. Next to those masks, a central element of the Indivicracy are peregrine falcons: sent off as DIY drones, they are used to support the governmental ad-hoc network.
The project was conceived with the help of many curious minds:
Oliver Wrobel – Partner in Crime, Graphic Design
Nikolaus Völzow – Software Development
Hiroki Yokoyama – Video Edit
Paul Steinmann – Music
Omar Barchetta – Camera
Didy Veldman – Choreography
Luke Crook, Jemima Brown, Mari Ishida, Antony daly Luna – Dancers
Beatrice Bowden, Christina Jendreiko – Production assistence
Kathryn Fleming – Falcon
Sabin Roth – 3D Modelling
Special Thanks to: Eva Sbaraini from MyMiniFactory.Com & Imakr and The Place, School for Contemporary Dance & Nadja MacKenzie for the photography of objects.