Parsons School of Design

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2017–18

Gerald Morin
Everyland

What happens when Manifest Destiny is extended to the Post-Planetary Scale? How do we grapple with the idea that urban-living is good and Local Farming is good? This project focuses on establishing conjectures that project how we are going to navigate this new scalar landscape. We’ve all heard the phrase “think global, act local” but we’ve moved into an epoch where the writers of science fiction will have a greater role in determine the motion of geopolitics and us as designers will be on the forefront of emerging technologies. It is my belief that a more appropriate phrase for our time would be “think post-planetary, act planetary.” With this in mind, my thesis works to weave a story that straddles to edge of science fiction and reality. Taking concepts from the geological timeline of our own planet and pairing them with theory established by some of the greatest thinkers of information technology I have established 36 conjectures on how to terraform. I want to be able to captivate my audience with images of the cosmic scale and then once I have them present a mode for this fanciful dream that has roots in plausible actions. Written in the frenetic style of Nick Land with undertones of Asimov and Herbert, my thesis is meant to be a two-part story. The first draws an audience in with pictures and designs to supplement the second part, a handbook that lays out for you the road to follow as if hard science fiction ruled and technology was bootstrapping itself to an amazing degree.

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Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017–18