Costume & Design Fiction Inspiration
Before we can create we observe and learn. The following is a collection of the material that led us to our project.
When The Future Was Ultramodern
A collection of costumes that explores what future fashion coould be like.
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Object For lonely Men
Branching from Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) is an assemblage of objects from the film that spoke to the artist.
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Lucy and Bart
Pushing the envelope of fashion. Watch it bend.
Costume & Short Story Workshop
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2012 by Biswajith Manimaran
Slaves. Again after sixty-five years of independence we were slaves, albeit this time, everyone was a slave. The events that led to this are sundry and interweave in strange ways; most are lost to historians’ blindness. The most notable was the inception of the iGEM competition in 2004: a synthetic biology competition aimed at undergraduate students all over the world. In three years there were a total of fifty-four teams participating, each searching for ways to improve the world. One team (which shall go unnamed lest they be hunted down and stoned to death) worked on engineering bacteria that could detect the presence of heavy metals in water. The project was a partial success but was abandoned when the monetary feasibility of the biosensors came into question. What happened over the next few days is unclear, however, it is safe to say that the remnants of the projects were negligently disposed (almost definitely into a lake or river). The happenings of the next couple of years are even less clear and it this point it is barely safe to theorize. Yet theorize we must. The bacteria, once in an open water body, began to reproduce rapidly – as is a common habit amongst microbes – and continue seeking out heavy metals. Certain radioactive isotopes of Plumbium and other heavy metals are present in almost all our planet’s waters, although in concentrations too small to have an appreciable effect on lifeforms of any kind. The genetically modified microbes gathered these elements and compounds and brought them together until the local concentration of these isotopes had increased by several orders of ten. Of course, it was still not high enough for us humans to take note of. The concentrated radiation and high reproduction rates, along with numerous modes of communication quickly developed a community of microbes around the world. Individually the microbes were nothing, together they were unstoppable. They possessed an intelligence borne of accelerated evolution induced by the radiation. Unlike the intelligence that we are familiar with theirs was non-centralized allowing them to form a global metabeing that was impervious to local retaliation. The worst (sorry to depart from objective nature) part of all this is that there can be no revolution. All life is dependent on these microbes. To destroy them is to destroy all life on Earth. The Mayans were not wrong, just misinterpreted. 2012 did not mark the apocalypse, just the end of the human era. 5 x 10^30 organisms of over a dozen million species all coming together to form one massive supercreature; It was inevitable that we would be enslaved.
2030 by Biswajith Manimaran
In 2010 a certain iGEM team worked on producing microscopic organisms that could target cancer cells and attack them. Their project was unremarkable by itself, however, it laid the foundation for the apocalypse. Several large corporates saw the value in this medical tool. After almost a year of research and experiments there was significant progress. At this point the corporates opted for a collaborative project. Within four months cancer was the least of anybody’s problems. The world average life expectancy shot up to over a century. With the human population already rising exponentially, this medical breakthrough proved disastrous for the Earth’s inhabitants. By 2019 the planet’s natural resources were consumed. Several people attempted to mount exploratory spacecrafts that would seek out planets capable of harbouring life. Without adequate building materials and an abundance of haste every single launch resulted in an explosion soon after. The humans left on Earth ascended into anarchy. By 2025 the only life on Earth were microbes and a few thousand humans organized into cannibalistic clans. By 2030 the last sentient being had died, leaving the Earth an orb of great beauty that no one could appreciate.
=== A Glimpse Of The Future by Pranav and Durga. ===
Anvita and Manasa
THE FUTURE OF THE BIOBRICK while we are working in the lab today (5th september 2011), a torn diary entry flies in from the future, its from me...
20th September 2023 Pompeii Dear Diary, Its been 12 years since we’ve started our soil collection and bacteria sequencing. My sister and I have traveled a lot. Money being scarce we’ve started selling our little sketches on the way. Now were famous, the traveling sisters. Braces, white scarf, glasses and our little bag. We go around collecting soil samples and putting it up on the portal. Everyone is hooked on today, everyone. It’s the new cool thing. People have said goodbye to facebook and twitter. Its rather funny, who would’ve ever thought that even one third of the world would’ve been even slightly inclined towards scientific drama. Bacteria of various types have started to prove their majority on this planet. Our neighbors, the so-called extra-terrestrials, have been living amongst us. Would we have discovered this if we hadn’t started this bacteria mapping? Sounds cool right? Well about 4 years ago, a high school cheerleader discovered it. Of course she was using our little map, it’s the new baking soda volcano in science projects. One day she took a sample of the muck under her shoe, and voila. She became the first to discover our little friends. They’ve been amongst us for the longest time and we didn’t even know it. How do you think the Egyptians managed to build the massive great pyramids in record time? It was not magic for sure. Well these extra terrestrial bacteria come together in such a way that they form a massive structure, like in cartoons. It is pretty neat. But then last spring, a scientist researching the visitors discovered something crucial. Our friends have been inhibiting our growth while they are developing at a much higher rate. They were planning on a slow destruction where they grow to be better than us and then crush our existence. I won’t lie, just the thought, scares me. It reminds me of a movie I watched years ago about alien abduction. Goosebumps. Is it all part of the master plan I wonder? Another big bang coming our way. Then again it’s just another theory. Like the missing Holy Grail. Who knows? We have facts some true and some untrue. A stereotypical question being thrown your way again, was it a boon or a bane? And now a line of debating will happen. By ignoring what’s happening we will get nowhere. But we humans do not understand that while we waste our time questioning what we are unsure of, if it were true they’re already doing something. Is it time to tighten the belt? YES. We are no colony and this is our land. Maybe one day we come across something that can help us get over this situation. So I say its time to buckle up and do something. NOW. Lets get all those who aren’t part of this yet to be a part of it and lets work together. Time is running out and the only stitch in time would be increasing our knowledge and finding a way to understand the outsiders better or getting to the shortest way, a way to kill them. This is quite stressful and tiring, but I know we will emerge victorious. Because now it’s easier and faster now that we have everyone here with us on the map. Sit down. Log in. Discover. Update. Now the traveling sisters are on a quest to engulf more knowledge and collect more samples in the hope that someday we would be as famous in science as the high school cheerleader. More places to see, new people to befriend and new species to discover.
Soldier : MANIACS 6587ZD aka Rogue
Date and Time of Report : 18 July 2029, 5:30 A.M
Its 2011, a group of well skilled, brilliant young minds have come together to create a new path in technology. They study the brainwork of radioactivity, they learn about its abilities, its repercussions. They test them on the oldest living form – bacteria. The studies were going well, beautifully actually; radiation could be contained AND be used as the main source of energy all over the world. This had the newspapers constantly wanting to grab more details, the governments went crazy. They were independent all having the resources of upholding their countries population. But with power greed grew again, fast flowing, carried by words, by the wind. Now it became a battle of who could buy (or more likely sabotage) the other countries power. It was soon not only a silent squabble between two countries it was an all out war between all of them. No allies and definitely no “Switzerland’s”. Radiation itself was used as a weapon. Each country turning it to another. It was massacre, soon with ease and the mark of the devil on its face, earth was in a post apocalyptic state. The only survivors were the ones that made it to the secured army bases built as defense.
This was the time of complete horror. Even the young teams of inventors were taken aback; the radioactive weapon had caused gene mutation to everything outside the wall of secured bases. Everything was different – deadly, scarier and a whole lot bigger. Nothing looked the same, not the trees, animals the landscape itself had decided to back to Jurassic days. Rations were all they had enough to last them forever. They were prepared, but claustrophobia soon caught hold of their hearts and leaving the war behind they now contacted the closest of the bases, rivalries forgotten they agreed to send out two of their best agents out. To meet at given co-ordinates, their orders were to collect samples as they went from base to base recruiting members. Not only that but collecting samples so that this problem could be solved, resolved or just improved.
This skilled group of soldiers (the MANIACS) were taught and studied for three weeks before their departure. Gifted with nerves of steel, sharp brains and lightning quick reflexes, they set out ore ready tan they could ever be. They carried minimal weaponry because for some unknown reason metal attracted these strange creatures, it was a tough hand to blood battle out there. With an array of knives and bows these warriors were brought down to the level of primitive men. Camouflage fatigues, heavy rubber soled shoes, black t-shirt dog ties, a ring that in case of a dire emergency had to be bitten and would give out a signal, giving the bases their current location and rations in form of pills.
To be updated...
2025 by Prakrithy Pradeep
Date: 5th September 2025
Once upon a time (not so long ago that your author wasn’t born then, but long enough for her to have enough excuses for not remembering all the details), there was a competition. It was a forum for students interested in synthetic biology, and “improving the world”.
It was one of these teams (they shall stay unnamed, as this author fears the repercussions of naming them) that came up with a ground-breaking method for production of bio-fuels. Everyone went “Wow!” No one considered the consequences.
The catch in their bio-fuel production technology was that their fungal entity would flourish best in moist tropical and sub-tropical climates. The climate of their area was unsuitable for their fungi. Also, the genetically modified fungi wouldn’t be able to reproduce in their climate, and would perish as their life cycles are greatly reduced by the genetic modification.
That was the downfall, of the developing countries that had the suitable climates. History repeated itself. Colonisation. Forced labour. This time, by the country that had claimed to be “leading the free world”. An institute from the same country is using these colonised areas as experimentation grounds for all their testing – microbial, animal and human.
I stand today on soil that has been polluted, beyond recognition, possibly beyond repair, by the BioBricks, the mutations, that have taken over the world. And I vow. To work from within, alongside a few of my unnamed comrades, to bring them down. To try and give this country back its freedom.