|WHY|

For four billion years the world has been changing. This is now the Anthropocene,  the age of humans. We all have a chance to create our communal future through the decisions we make every day.

From four continents a team came together to share a common dream to develop an interactive, immersive virtual reality project everyone can be a part of, born from the idea that together we own our common future.

|WHAT|

Future Shock! is an immersive experience at the intersection of technology, entertainment, climate change, and the energy that drives our global civilization.

We juxtapose past, present and future stories of societal collapse, knowledge and solutions that we can learn from and implement in our own lives.

|HOW|

A three-dimensional, interactive storytelling that has the power to impact by immersing the viewer in the context. Future Shock! grants the viewers control of their path while offering guidance to their journey through its story tree and information overlays of maps and real time data about climate and consumption.

The stories are accessible via a dedicated Virtual Reality app that allows you to choose where you start off, and where you end up. You are the central character – your decisions matter. 

African Journalism at the heart of FUTURE SHOCK!

Climate change is a global phenomenon, but impacts the world disproportionately.
While our stories are sourced from the entire planet, our point-of-view is from the so-called “Global South”.
We are thus proud to be teaming up with The Daily Maverick, one of Africa’s premiere investigative journalism portals, as the landing page for the Future Shock! VR roll-out.

|STORIES|

6 story-worlds on 6 continents

Each story is a journey bound by strong characters on the front-lines of climate change

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

South African Coal: We explore why South Africa is adopting renewable energy at the second highest rate in the world, even while it builds the worlds biggest coal fired power station.

 

 

Asia

Chinese Activists: We meet the environmentalists using apps and social media to raise awareness at great personal risk.

 

 

Australia

Hepburn Wind: We meet the brains behind the the first carbon neutral town in Australia. Is it a pipe dream or is carbon neutrality possible?

 

 

Europe

Danish Offshore Wind-farms: We meet the scientists behind the massive offshore wind-farms currently under construction looking at helping Copenhagen become a zero-emission city.

 

South America

Brazilian Hydropower: We meet the indigenous activists fighting vested interests and the building of hydropower dams on their ancestral lands.

North America

Chaco Canyon: We meet the scientists bringing solar energy to indigenous communities under the shadow of natural gas plants dotted over the horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaco canyon was a major center for the Chacoans between 600 and 1200 AD, a vibrant civilization for about 500 years. Its 15 major complexes are thought to have been the largest buildings in North America until the 19th Century.

 

 

 

 

Evidence of dams and canals show the importance of water to the Chacoans. Even with good rains, they were using their land to its limits. Without rain, it was impossible to grow enough food to support the population

 

 

 

 

Chacoans vanished, probably due to abuse of resources

 

 

 

 

Right next to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, the oil and gas industry is fracking for natural gas and causing some heavy consequences for the local population

 

 

 

In the Navajo nation, the US Department of Energy is working with indigenous communities to facilitate the roll-out of large scale solar energy projects

 

 

 

 

The choice of which path to take is yours.
Explore Future Shock !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… we need to think about not just what we need, but how it is created and then what kind of legacy it leaves behind.

— Sandra Begay —

 

 

It might be clean coming out of your stove but the cost to people’s health who have to live around these wells is too high. Oil and gas ruins the land it’s being produced on. Solar is there forever, and it doesn’t emit toxics.

— Shirley McNall —

… we have the sun god, we have gods for the sky, for mother earth. So I think we are going back to our natural ways of living in harmony with nature.

— Vercynthia Charlie —

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THE TEAM

AN INTERNATIONAL, MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM.

A group of creators from South Africa, Brazil, Denmark and US.

Neil Brandt

Producer. Strategist. Activist.
South Africa.

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Neil Brandt

Jeffrey Barbee

Journalist. Filmmaker.
South Africa.

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Jeffrey Barbee

Russ Rive

Interactive Media and Technology Strategist.
South Africa.

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Russ Rive

Haley Jackson

360/VR entrepreneur.
USA.

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Haley Jackson

Tommy Lindestrøm

Technology director.
Denmark.

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Tommy Lindestrøm

Liana Brazil

Creative Director.
Interaction designer. Brazil.

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Liana Brazil

Carlos Oliveira

Technology Director.
Brazil.

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Carlos Oliveira

Antonio Hofmeister

Developer.
Brazil.

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Antonio Hofmeister

Laura Colucci

IP Lawyer and Producer.
Brazil.

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Laura Colucci

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