Holmegaard Uden Os - en spekulativ museumsudstilling om den antropocæne epoke

Freja Rytter Søegaard

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This project investigates how speculative design can be used to concretize problems in the Anthropocene epoch. The paper's purpose is to examine how these problems can be visualized in a sensory exhibit and used in the context of a museum. This is to challenge the role of the museums as being of social relevance today. The project is a site-specific thought experiment taking place on Earth 100 years after human extinction. The site chosen for the content and the location of the exhibition is Holmegaard Værk in the southern part of Zealand, Denmark. For the primary methodological framework of our project, Speculative Everything by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby have been chosen to enlighten how to use design as a tool with the purpose to create ideas and to speculate about possible futures in a structured manner. The speculative thought process is supported by archaeological and factual data from the area. The project continues by illuminating the final exhibition concept with three main performative actors around Holmegaard Værk; the marsh, glass and animals. A discussion and analysis on how they perform and contribute to the sensory exhibition is then conducted, together with considerations on using speculative design as a design approach in a museum venue. It is concluded that it is an advantage to work site-specific when having to concretize problems in the Anthropocene epoch because it can thereby focus on a selection of actors and elements iconic to the given area. Speculative design requires a lot of data and knowledge about a given field. Based on our work, we have found it difficult to visualize the data through the design in an accurate and credible way. Ultimately, a speculative exhibition on Anthropocene issues in a museum context is enlightening and formative, as the Anthropocene epoch emanates from a large amount of scientific data disseminated to the wider population.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
Antal sider68
VejledereUlrik Schmidt


  • spekulativt design
  • Holmegaard Værk