A moment in time of love

Sana Khan Niazi
IG @sana.ndesign
Since the beginning of human development, we have used love to build our social structures. Now that is done, we have moved from survival to sensation mode. We use love to feel and lead better lives, but it remains to be the most complex things to master in our universe. As technology continues to make our lives easier, can it make love easier? I am investigating the future of love through proximity between lovers. What is the optimum space, physical and virtual, that can allow us to expand our capacity to love and thrive? Is there a future where distance holds no importance aided by objects of advanced technology or Artificial intelligence? Where the realities of space and time blur according to what we need when we need it. Imagine if the experience of love in not limited to being in the same space or moment as your lover. A future where proximity is fluid. Just like love.

CoFUTURES is an international research group working on contemporary global futurisms, science fiction, and
futures thinking. We use science fiction, speculative thinking, and futures literacy to address the planetary
challenges of our time: climate change, technological change, and demographic change.

CoFUTURES believes that to better understand the future, be it of humanity, of other species, of technology, or
the planet, we must engage with how people think with futures around the world. Our goal is to promote better
connections between local imaginaries and global imaginaries in addressing planetary challenges.

The Intercultural Museum is a department of Oslo museum, located in Tøyenbekken 5 in Oslo, Norway. The museum cover recent immigration history and contemporary cultural complexity from a local position. In our dissemination of intercultural themes and contemporary issues, it becomes particularly important to facilitate nuance, dialogue and plural perspectives.

The collaboration with KHIO and CoFutures is part of the museums preannial documentation and dissemination project on love practises in diverse Oslo.

The programme of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design is part of the multidisciplinary Oslo National Academy of the Arts. We find this set up very inspiring and fruitful for our agenda, where our programme is in-between several disciplines, taking advantages of the rich dialogue with multiple voices.

Our common agenda is to work with the social space and with the objects and things related to it. We see this as a framework of our society’s cultures that we wish to engage with. We eschew of making fixed definition of our disciplines, but rather challenge the students to investigate the peripheries.

Our pedagogical approach is based on a critical dialogue and collaborative learning. The ideology is to prepare our students for the uncertain future, to be able to explore those emerging territories with professional skills.