United Micro Kingdoms (UMK), a design fiction
Exhibition in the Design Museum, London, UK.
Presented are multiple perspectives on a fictional United Kingdom, as imagined by designers and educators Dunne and Raby. The exhibition sees England devolved into four self-contained counties or micro kingdoms, each free to experiment with governance, economy, and lifestyle. Elements of industrial design, architecture, politics, science, and sociology are employed to provoke debate around the power and potential of design. Assumptions about how products and services are made and used are challenged through reinterpretations of the car and other transport systems. The potential for design borrowing methods from literature and art are interrogated and applied to the real world as thought experiments.