Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio creating near-future fabulations and experiments somewhere between utopia and dystopia. They seek to transmute our relationship to the non-human, by embracing the contradictory and the paradoxical – telling stories that open the public imaginary to futures that currently seem impossible. Founded by Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund, it is based between Berlin and Stockholm.
Nonhuman Nonsense work in the embryonic stages of system transformation, in the realm of social dreaming and world-making processes. Aiming to redirect focus to the underlying ethical and political issues, to challenge the power structures that enable and aggravate the current destruction of the (non)human world – allowing other entities to exist.
Their work has been presented at the United Nations, in negotiations on the Convention on Biological Diversity. It has been shown at the MU Artspace, Dutch Design Week, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, ArkDes (Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design), Rhode Island School of Design, Gogbot Festival and the Stockholm BioHackspace. It has been featured in media such as VICE Motherboard, Vogue Ukraine, Gizmodo Earther, Next Nature Network, Makery, Discover Magazine, Dezeen, and they have been invited speakers at the Future Architecture Platform at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, selected as part of the ARTS-Project at the Resilience Center in Stockholm, among others.
They are graduates from MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, BA Industrial Design at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, BSc Engineering Physics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. They are recipients of the Michael Treschow Scholarship, Ulla Fröberg– Cramer’s scholarship, and the iGEM Gold Medal.