Love City

Sindre Buraas
My project "love city" deals with love in a situation where the earth is facing a collapse. The Earth as we know it today is no longer habitable and the elite has carefully selected a group of people they took with them to another planet to carry on humanity. The majority is left on earth waiting for armageddon.

To soften the blow they created “Love City”, a place in another dimension where the people who were left on this planet can live until the earth's resources run out.

To give rest of life a satisfying meaning and purpose, they have programmed this dimension to deal with love only. Love becomes currency and everything you do is translated into love points. To get increased access to various facilities in "love city" you need love points. You will get these points by succeeding in algorithm-based love training programmed by the makers.

In this project I want to investigate what true love is in comparison to system-oriented love. All we want in life is love, but what we get back from technological advances is instagram and other algorithm-based programs. We may find the optimal partner through these platforms, but is there any downside to these programs? Can these platforms be used to manipulate and control people?

And is love used, which is man's strongest motivation speculatively?
Further info
Love City (pdf)

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.