The sensory love space

Anna Noll
What will our future society look like? How will we practice love in the future?
We can only speculate and influence our future. But we know that we will live longer. One of our future challenges will be demographic change. It is a growing issue and it concerns us all. The number of people living with dementia will more than triple in the next 30 years. If it's not you or me, it's in someone we love.

How will your personal definition of love change in 20, 30 and 40 years?
How do we want to live and experience love as we age?
Can love become lost when the mind loses the ability to hold thoughts?
How do we as designers have to rethink spaces and what influence does digitalisation have?

This project concerns with these questions and presents an optimistic future scenario.
It invites you to speculate about the future of love and the ageing population.

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.