Due to rapid development, wars, greed and general overconsumption, fossil fuel reserves and most of Earth’s energy sources have been exhausted. The countries of the Gulf region offered to develop the first artificial pilot planet. Soon after, due to a gravitational imbalance caused by the new planet, severe natural disasters ( earthquakes, tidal waves ) have suddenly hit the Earth. However, those who have remained on the Earth have grouped in different sort of tribes: locals and expatriates alike have engaged in a nomadic, gatherer type of life utilising whatever they could find. Eventually, they have come to a conclusion that if they wanted to survive, they had to “merge” ( share, utilise, exchange ) their know-how, tools, cultures and languages in order to survive and a new hybrid civilisation was has been born.
After many hundreds of years, a group of scientists from the pilot planet have returned to the Earth. What the team has found was fascinating: they came across some interesting artefacts, which generated new ideas about the ancient civilisation that used to inhabit the Earth.
The author uses design fiction to deal with the hybrid culture and coexistence of diverse cultures in the Persian Gulf. By designing hybrid objects of the future, which come into being after the destruction of the Earth, i.e. after a new beginning and complete hybridization of cultures, and especially by means of archaeology, the project actually deals with the present identity of the Gulf. The author uses the concept of future archaeology and museum artefacts to materialize and communicate speculative scenarios. The project has been developed as a master thesis at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.