In SCI-Arc’s Master of Arts in Fiction and Entertainment one-year program, students work with world-renowned professionals in the worlds of film, fiction, animation, marketing, games, and documentary making to build new forms of creative practice.
We often design fictions as a way to come to terms with conditions that reality struggles to grasp. Where stories of imagined lands, help us to visualise alternative futures that sit outside of the ones that all too often feels inescapable. Such stories can transport us, often they are antidotes to an angry and broken world. Sometimes we tell stories to comfort us, to educate or empower us, to add mystery or to strip it away, to fall in love all over again or to scream with rage. We craft such tales because today such madness is the only way of staying sane.
Generously funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, “Our Automated Future: Science through Storytelling” takes a journey into a series of speculative futures crafted by students in SCI-Arc’s EDGE Fiction and Entertainment postgraduate program directed by coordinator Liam Young with program faculty Alexey Marfin.
Our perception of the world is largely shaped through the mediums of fiction.
What we think the world looks like is largely determined by fiction and entertainment—extraordinary shared languages through which we exchange ideas and engage with our environment. It is impossible to underestimate the importance of media in the production of culture.
In SCI-Arc Edge’s Fiction and Entertainment program, we engage the techniques of popular culture to imagine and visualize alternative worlds. Deeply embedded in the entertainment industry of Los Angeles, this program is a place to start telling new kinds of stories about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century.
‘Earth Mother Sky Father’ is a live-action music video by SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment student Kordae Jatafa Henry that takes place in the year 2030 when the Congo is no longer shipping unrefined rare earth minerals out to sea but is keeping its wealth onshore and in the ground.
‘Last Choice’ is a hybrid documentary by SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment student Lu Te-Hsing exploring Hikikomori, a condition of social-withdrawal prevalent among young men in Japan.
‘Valentine in Things City’ by SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment student Viviane Komati is a research and design project that imagines the future of post-human spaces like Google data centers and Amazon warehouses.
In a near future Los Angeles everyone sees the city through their own set of augmented reality contact lenses.
As Elon Musk launches his mission to Mars, Trump announces the formation of Space Force and China broadcasts new narratives of industrial dominance, technology, politics, and fiction are merging together.
Architectural Technologies Final Degree Studio taught by Marcelo Spina looked at technologies of automation and the role that new forms of artificial intelligence play in reshaping our built environment, as well as their capacity to engender sublime and yet plausible images of near future speculative reality.
Proposing a new armature for stage design, this project by SCI-Arc EDGE student Maxime Lefebvre in Marcelo Spina and Casey Rehm’s Architectural Technologies Postgraduate Program develops and utilizes an A.I model which collects, samples and reimagines stage imagery while tracking and mapping a panel system in motion.