We wish to highlight the significance and power of the physical gesture in expressing meaning with relation to our physical, living environment by repurposing mudras to reconnect with nature and convey the climate concerns we face. Highlighting the granular, tactile, and organic disconnect that purely virtual experiences create, we aim to not only build a bridge between human and machine, but also to build a bridge between cultures. Gestures or mudras are powerful tools in telling stories, they go beyond verbal communication, opening up to a more emotive, intuitive, inner and even spiritual space; a form of expression that an AI system may never fully decipher. Although technological advancements and AI may help us deal with aspects of climate change, it is essential that we do not disregard other forms of knowledge and practices, which may aid in rethinking our way through the impending climate disaster. We envision this work as a form of acceptance, a tool to think through new imaginaries.
Climate & Human Impact
The narrative is focused around human accelerated climate change. Shunya manifests as a fantastical digital entity, whose insights provide an alternative lens in challenging our understanding of climate change. Keeping in mind the tradition of science fiction it can be useful to think about such difficult and overwhelming situations through illusionary means, probing into and confronting our insecurities of what change is coming and how might we live in this new and potentially hostile environment.