BEL AIR 2058 is a speculative game exploring the issue of air pollution and its potential consequences on everyday life. The exhibition consists of a set of questions that are connected to air pollution and its plausible technological, sociological and economic impact on the global population. Everyone has the same starting point, but the final output is personalised. By answering the questions, one (player) designs its own future and receives a possible future scenario at the end to visualise our present-day choices and how they might shape our tomorrow.
The final point is a shelf where everyone has to place a can with air taken at the beginning. The shelf acts as a diagram that shows tendencies and the most plausible scenario. Scenarios are not forecasts nor prophecies; they are stories of potential to embody challenges and opportunities we might encounter in next few decades.
With Jan Ankiersztajn
→ Photos by Weronika Trojanowska
(Excerpt from the introduction)
Air is everywhere. We breathe because it is vital to us, yet we rarely pay any attention to such an habitual activity. Anthropocene, the epoch in which man finally tamed the environment, only on the outside seems to be a great triumph over nature. Our everyday decisions have an impact on the biosphere, which is constantly being changed and exploited. Some of these changes may have irreversible effects.
The quality of the air not only has a direct impact on our health, the quality and length of our life, on the changes in the environment or the functioning of ecosystems. It is an issue that may in the future have a negative impact on many areas of our lives: it may limit the amount of drinkable water, lead to drastic changes in the climate, disrupt the natural vegetation processes, impede food production and distribution, irreversibly impact ecosystems and cause species to become extinct. It is for the first time that one species (man) so actively takes part in the extinction of other species. Future generations may not have the chance to see animals such as the dolphins, tigers, elephants, penguins, or even bees.
What if we could travel forward in future a few decades and see what the consequences of our today’s actions might be? What kind of future are we shaping for the next generations?