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Mohammed J Ali

MA work

A New Scottish History

The 1979 Scottish referendum results in a Yes for independence.

Scotland separates from England and the New Scottish Government implements policies around what it believes is the true basis of independence and economics: energy!

Using its new and substantial oil wealth, the new Scottish Government intends to create a country where people are given back a measure of control over their lives. The ultimate goal is to create peer-to-peer energy grids and spread a new economic paradigm, based on the sharing of energy, goods services and information, rather than the accumulation of capital.

Energy creating devices, a short government information film, posters, marketing devices, government forms, zines and short stories populate a counterfactual timeline. The purpose is to take a speculative design approach to sustainability and personal energy futures.


  • Mohammed J Ali
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2014

  • After joining Design Interactions in 2012, I realised I have a particular interest in energy, especially the social, economic and political associations we have with it.

    My work tries to unpick these relationships through scenario building and object making: speculations about alternatives to capitalism and not the end of the world.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 1997
  • Experience

  • Furniture maker/designer, Mohammed J Ali, London, 2001-13; Senior technician, University of Westminster, 2005-12; Researcher and programme maker, BBC, Glasgow, 2001-2004; Cabinet maker, Richard Newnham Furniture, London, 1997-2001; Cabinet maker, Vice, London, 1995-97
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2013