Visual journeys into alternative futures

How can we create a new visual language for the future and potential future scenarios?

It’s kind of paradoxical in a way, we live in a world where our desires, hopes and dreams are shaped to a large extend by images, as seen in advertising and the media. At the same time when it comes to our understanding and vision of the future, we still don’t put a strong emphasis on the process and creation of images and visuals alongside scientific research and methodologies.

IMAGINIS sees it’s role in developing new possibilities and methodologies for the creation of visual future scenarios. As well as raising the awareness that there is not one ideal way of illustrating the future but many different ones. Like a visual language or future vocabulary different creative techniques and types of visualisation will lead to different learnings and might foster different parts of our imagination.

Currently these types of FUTURE VISUALS have been explored by IMAGINIS (f.e. in workshops) and are part of constant iterations:

    • MACRO AXONOMETRY – This type of VISUAL puts the viewer in the driver’s seat by looking at the future from above. Based on playful elements and game-like simplicity. It therefor puts strong emphasis on the educational value of complex scenarios.
    • AUGMENTED REALISM – This VISUAL presents a modified future version of the present and creates confidence through familiar elements. Based on collage-techniques where present and future blend into new potential scenarios.
    • DREAMSCAPE – The aim of this VISUAL is especially to foster the imagination of the viewer. Dream-like scenes that blend into each other, with roughly sketched story elements that are open for interpretation.
    • TIME CAPSULE – This VISUAL takes the viewer on an unknown journey to the future. Unfamiliar environments, illustrated by storyboard-like artwork, have to be discovered and raise questions about the ‘How’ and ‘Why’ of thought-provoking scenarios.

FUTURE VISUALS are opening up a vast new field of creative research with a strong interdisciplinary approach (connecting futures literacy, strategic foresight, design, innovation techniques, systemic change etc.)

Categories: Futures Literacy Labs / Workshops / Scenario Visualization

Date: 2021 – present


Visualisation: IMAGINIS