letters from 2050



Letters from 2050 is a collection of fictional human stories in the backdrop of a changed world in 2050.  I have crafted 28 short stories based on which I am currently working on a book manuscript. On the other hand, the project continues in the format of workshops where innovations and policy changes are discussed through fictional letters crafted specifically for the topic at hand.

The project has been developed with Urban Futures Studio of Utrecht University as part of Post-Fossil city exhibition and since then exhibited at various events in Utrecht, Den Haag, Amsterdam, Gent and Dublin.



“I knew a guy, he was extracting coal illegally and selling it to Egyptians. He said I could help and that’s how I started.”

Excerpt from the letter of a Sudanese man explaining how he started illegal coal mining in 2050























“The jade ran out more than a decade ago. Since then, we are surrounded by emptiness.
There is no jade, no Chinese, no dreams. The mountains vanished over time, and the youth has migrated to far lands.”

Excerpt from the letter of an old miner in Myanmar, describing the environmental and societal degradation that took place in his surrounding through mining.
Amsterdam / ACT. Festival

An annual event organized by ASN Bank, ACT. is a day for sustainable tomorrow. Letters from 2050 was invited to be a part of it.  A long and silent table of letters was what we imagined; a surface on which the envelopes are laid, waiting to be picked up. The stories were read by hundred of people within hours.
Ghent / Digipolis

In an effort to make Ghent a climate-friendly city, Ghent city council has been actively working with various parties and as part of that agenda and Letters from 2050 as part of the Post-Fossil City exhibition took part in the exhibition introducing human stories to the experience.
Den Haag / Post-Fossil City Exhibition

In the city hall building of Den Haag, Post-Fossil City exhibition took place introducing art and design projects about a post-fossil future to the people from the city. Letters from 2050 installation was a curved wall upon which letters were exhibited to be picked up and read by passers-by.



















www.lettersfrom2050.com

In Collaboration with
Esther Estevez

Exhibition Design
Studio Lonk

Photos
in Utrecht and Den Haag: Maarten Nauw
in Gent: Raf Gorissen

Videos
Rik Mertens

Post Fossil City Exhibition Curators

Non-Fiction

With special thanks toUrban Futures Studio, Utrecht University
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, gemeente Utrecht, gemeente Den Haag.