Fantasies of Isaura
Design Research, Conceptual Design, Installation Art, Model Making, Wearable Design
Isaura is the city of a thousand wells. In this city, the townies are able to dig holes in the ground and draw up as much water as they please, for there is a calcareous lake below them. There are also gods of the town. Some believe they reside in the water itself and others believe that they live in the mechanics of the city that draw the water. There’s not a conclusive answer, it’s folklore for all we know.
In my narrative, Isaurians have abused their access to natural resources (the water) and the gods have become displeased. As a punishment, the gods shifted the landscape, making it dangerous and difficult to access fresh and clean water. Deepening their limitations, they also destroyed many of the wells. This contaminates the water when drawn. Until the ecosystem regains its balance, the people of Isaura will suffer.
Fantasies of Isaura explores a possible future in which mankind's interaction with the urban environment is obstructed due to the exploitation of natural resources. With the reality of our depleting planet, this project also explores sustainable ideas towards urbanism and primitive survival strategies.