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Franziska Hatton

MA work

The Singularity: a Science Fiction?

The set; an abandoned place of worship on board the starship Byzantium, spontaneously formed by a small but sophisticated network of people, awaiting the arrival of technology capable of transcendence; The Singularity.

This critical piece unravels and amplifies current technological and social beliefs in today’s AI community; that the Singularity will enable, us mere mortals, to transcend to the next evolutionary phase; from the ‘timid concepts’ of the body, to a world inside computation.

These technological beliefs are depicted in a fictional world using the function of set design for an imaginary science fiction film, to stage a narrative where society has evolved from a movement that already perceives AI scientists as deities, and their speculative ideas as scripture for the future, into a religious order. This piece examines layers of interlacing fictions, and the potentiality of narratives, often augmenting fiction, speculation and belief with non-fiction and reality.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2017

  • I am a designer and maker working in the field of speculative and critical design. The aim of my work is to ignite discussion and debate about the choices that we make as a society, highlighting potential changes to the status quo and providing critical reflection on our current trajectory. Taking factual conditions and theoretical concepts to fabricate scenarios and pieces that tap into current issues. My installations create an experience for an audience to question the world around them, using both traditional and modern methods of making.

  • Degrees

  • BA Three Dimensional Design, Manchester School of Art – Manchester Metropolitan University, 2014