Material Legacy


Human  —  AI  —  Cooperation


Future Scenario

As the true cost of our consumption lies in tomorrow, today’s misuse and mismanagement leads to an exhausted and polluted planet in 2030.

Set in 2030, Material Legacy is a speculative project in which researchers cooperate with a deep learning algorithm to make the full lifecycle of products visible to consumers via augmented animations. A positive impact on our collective decisions is inspired through the immediate experience of long-term material intelligence. The visual information layer added to objects generates a desirable sustainable aesthetic, enabling people to encounter the true legacy of particular materials, promoting new ways of sustainable living.

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Laboratory provided by Open Cell London.



Royal College of Art Show 2019

Material Legacy draws attention to the actual capacities and potentials behind material lifetimes.

‘One of the most significant aspects of material intelligence is that it can help us to make better choices about how we live on the planet.’ – Glenn Adamson

Microscopic Images



Sound                            Christofer James
Voice                              Silvana Maimone
Technical Support        Thomas Deacon

Cast                                Ashley Zhang

                                        Andrew Dhesi, Elisa Frenay,
                                        Annabella Randel, Felix Scholder,
                                        Petra Sohnius

Support                          Open Cell London

Special thanks to Open Cell London for providing their laboratory!

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