Speculations on the future of humanitarian work in India
Telling the story of
business women
aiming to
learn to read
in a world where
never ending floods have displaced her whole town
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A project looking at the future of humanitarian aid in India intended to question our respective understandings of humanitarian aid and its place in a global landscape.
Told from the perspective of HUM, a fictional humanitarian aid network founded in 2020 India, the project, first displayed at the Life Rewired Hub in London, tells the stories of HUM-affiliated humanitarian workers dealing with the aftermath of storm Lata which has recently hit Goa. In it are explored themes like the purpose of upskilling and questions around employment when facing displacement, the use of mobile-based or digital services, encouraging multi-disciplinarity across sectors (from food provision to health care to financial inclusion) and the support of local efforts and knowledge.
Have a look at our exhibition catalogue below or download the full version here.
Telling the story of humanitarian workers
VR assets are brought to life at the Exhibit at Barbican Centre
The Matriculated Matka (hindi clay or plastic pot) is one of many government-issued connected devices that can track an indivisual's water consumption.
A snapshot of the hydrosystem worker's environment - a Phyto-remediation kit and its guidelines.
Visitors viewing the HUM Timeline: 2016-2035
The MED.CN app & kit is used to connect affected residents to initial health check-ups and assess if further care is required.
Well Diggers water testing toolkit helps in streamlining the process of assessing water quality.
The space for the pop-up exhibit at the Barbican Centre.
However unpredictable the future may seem, many are involved in foreseeing and planning around the greatest challenges it holds. Be it water shortages, a frenzied climate, depleting resources or unstable governments, the world we live in is constantly facing complex humanitarian crises. As many are looking for ways to tackle the causes of these forces, join us in exploring how to mitigate their short-term impact on affected communities and vulnerable regions.
Together, let's consider, explore and unearth the future needs of humanitarian crises and how aid communities will come together to face these odds.
Our first round of explorations was on display at the Barbican until April 16th 2019 as part of the Life Rewired Hub, a pop-up exhibit space. It highlighted, how preparing for crises to come is just as much about strengthening and increasing the reach of existing local efforts as it is introducing new technologies or services. It also explored what some of these humanitarian workers of the future will be up to.
When new technologies, social data and human error undergo further mutation in the coming decades, the type and scale of humanitarian crises, actors and relief will have to transform. The exhibit puts on a playful garb while presenting a powerful transmedia experience that brings to life some of these future experiences.
This exhibit has been conceived as an ongoing conversation on the topic and would benefit from your input! Please feel free to write to us and let us know how you'd like to collaborate to continue having this discussion.