Dystopian Realities is a workshop created for the students of Platform 13 at the Royal College of Art, MA Design Products, designed to help them better understand the sociopolitical landscape and finally respond more effectively to the platform brief “Self preservation in response to the current social, political and economic conditions”.
For this workshop, we invited Yiannis Baboulias, a journalist and writer, to contribute as a co-leader of the workshop. The workshop saw through the banality of slow decline, traced around the globe. After analysing and establishing a political and economic framework, we identified various manifestos of present dystopian tendencies. We were concerned with revealing the characteristics of extractive institutions and understand the mechanisms that push a society to crash. The workshop focused on real world examples and gave a better insight of how factors like infrastructure, racism, wages etc. interfere and produce a society in which the few benefit from the many.