The Research Lab of Ambiguous Futurology is concerned about the future.
We are living in uncertain times, some might even say, ambiguous times. The Internet of Things has evolved into the Internet of Disposable Things. Our technology is becoming smaller and cheaper to produce. We are buying fast fashion made by cheap, unsafe and underpaid labor that we view as disposable. We no longer care about WHO makes our clothes, HOW they are made, or WHAT their impact is on the world. We are creating so much waste, and have no ways of processing it. What is the future we are creating for ourselves?
Yes, we create objects.
But we want to change your relationship with those objects by rethinking our values around care, production, and materials. An heirloom is an object that is traditionally passed down in a family. Sometimes that object can still be used, like jewelry, dishes, etc. But sometimes that object can no longer be used, it is retained for its sentimental value. What if we brought that sense of sentimental value to all of our objects? What if we treated everything with care, from a t-shirt to a wedding dress?
We produce Future Heirlooms.
They are designed with the uncertain future in mind. They are designed to be valued and cared for. That value and care can take many forms. Once you deem that the intended use is no longer present in the object, it is designed to be repaired to restore the future use, recycled to become material for another future heirloom, or upcycled to change its initial form and/or function.
Future Heirlooms are concerned with our relationship to nature and our environment.
The future heirlooms are a way to question and poke at things. They ask us to rethink nature. They ask us to rethink the body. They ask us to rethink what heirlooms are, how they are treated, and how they function. A future heirloom is made with tenderness and care. It teaches you about labor. They teach you about preservation, recycling, upcycling and repurposing.
At the Research Lab of Ambiguous Futurology, we are not trying to change how garments are made, but rather to put that labor at the forefront.
A future heirloom, like any heirloom, demands care. We want you to care about the labor. About the impact of the materials, labor and life of the future heirloom. We are trying to change how we treat the objects in our lives.