Hallbjørn Hognestad
In the modern world we have all these technologies around us that we use in
everyday life to make our lives easier and stay connected. These technological ways
of communication have almost become extensions of our body.
We are now connected with each other at any time of the day. Yet in this world of
technologies where it is easier to communicate with one another, we feel more and
more lonely. Connection is lost… we are disconnected face to face. The innovations
and technologies that are supposed to help us, damages us instead. A fundamental
element to communication is our senses, but we have been distanced from them. The
interaction on a physical level with one another has a very big influence on human
health, bonding, and communication.

In love communication is key. But a maybe bigger key is our senses.
Through our senses can emotions be created. But what if we could communicate
and perceive each other in a different way? Through another form of sensing that
amplifies our emotions in love. To feel closer to another person and get greater

My design concept for the future of love is another technological device that allows
you to sense in a different way, like the octopus can taste and sense light through
their skin or the radiational detection of a snake that allows you to sense warm
bodies from a distance. This could redefine how we perceive our partners and loved
ones. This will open another dept to a relationship. Create more passion and fidelity.
The devices compliment the partners to become one.

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.