This film imagines a dystopian 22nd Century world: one where climate change has been realized and world power (economic, military, technological, cultural) has pivoted from West to East. Southern countries are super-hot, drought-ridden and cannot produce their own food. Developed nations have been bankrupted by healthcare and immigration costs. A third world war led to a worldwide citizenship charter, providing global access to education and healthcare in exchange for citizen responsibility, where personal behaviours and outcomes are tracked in a skin chip. The work takes us on a journey via a time machine into a future where Edinburgh’s Leith is now the ideal temperature for a popular holiday destination, and a travel journalist interviews Asian visitors at the Lido.
Rendered in spatial audio and featuring A.I. generated paintings and voices, complex technological workflows developed machine learning to the artist’s style, creating 540 paintings, animations and avatars. The audience is challenged to wonder which aspects are human or artificial.