The UN estimates that more than 250 million people could be displaced by climate change by 2050. In the context of increased migration and 'statelessness', Other Us is an exploration of the formation and survival of a future independent nation.
In the second half of the 20th century humans have ventured onto water to live in floating island habitations. Solas is a raft state located in the North Atlantic. The project explores the process of building a state and gaining the recognition required for long term economic and legal survival.
An established criteria for statehood: defined territory; permanent population; government; and capacity to enter into relations with other states is used as a framework to create tangible future artefacts. Rather than the practical survival aspects of life on an artificial island, the project instead aims to look at the long term priorities and financial incentives. It is a critical exploration of the implications of marginalising and isolating displaced people.
Photo credit: Tom Mannion (in cabinet) Nilou Estfandiary (grey background) Katy Shand (all others)
Katy’s work practice is characterised by in-depth research and a critical approach to forming a design response. Making is an intuitive process and re-iteration allows exploring a subject from different viewpoints.
Her experience working with diverse brands enables a strategic approach and a knack for indentifying opportunities for intervention.
Her work doesn’t attempt to solve problems in a pragmatic way but instead focuses on generating discourse – creating tools for provocation.