Radical Ocean Futures

Kan science fiction vända utvecklingen för våra hav mot en hållbar framtid? Absolut anser doktor i forskning på hållbarhet Andrew Merrie som lät den samtida konstnären och författaren Simon Stålenhag gestalta fyra möjliga scenarion för världshaven. Stålenhags säregna bilder har skaffat en stor internationell publik genom sin förmåga att sätta fantasifulla och märkliga saker som svävande rymdfarkoster i en väldigt bekant miljö. Obehaget finns närvarande i två scenarion där framtiden för livet i havet inte ser så bra ut men de andra två målar däremot upp en bättre bild för våra hav som är möjlig om forskningen ges resurser att ta fram redskapen för en hållbar utveckling även för haven.

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Can science fiction help bring about public opinion for a move toward sustainable fishing and oceans? Former PhD-student and now member of the communications team at Stockholm Resilience Centre thinks absolutely yes and commissioned contemporary artist and author Simon Stålenhag to draw four possible scenarios that our oceans are facing. Stålenhag’s signature images has captivated a large international audience using outlandish elements such has hovering alien aircrafts in an all too familiar setting. The uncanny is more than present in the two scenarios that doesn’t look so good for marine life but the other two however do paint a pretty picture of the future of our oceans, if science is given the resources to develop methods for sustainability at sea.

Simon Stålenhag is the internationally acclaimed author, concept designer and artist behind Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood. His highly imaginative images and stories depicting illusive sci-fi phenomena in mundane, hyper-realistic Scandinavian and American landscapes have made Stålenhag one of the most sought-after visual storytellers in the world. Tales from the Loop was ranked one of the “10 Best Dystopias” by The Guardian, along with such works as Franz Kafka’s The Trial and Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca. 
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After receiving his PhD in Sustainability Science in April 2016 at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Andrew Merrie has now joined the communications team working on science communications and science-policy work. Andrew’s PhD thesis was entitled; Global Ocean Futures – Governance of marine fisheries in the Anthropocene. During his PhD, Andrew was part of the Nereus Program [hyperlink to: http://www.nereusprogram.org/] – a global interdisciplinary academic programme on ‘predicting the future oceans’. The Radical Ocean Futures project came out of these experiences.
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