Inspired by modular architecture and the utopian visions of Archigram, The Island is a representation of the loss of control as governing authority is transferred from citizens to an unpredictable technology.
Decades ago, a group of designers and planners built an electronically-controlled system as a solution that was supposed to enhance The Island’s ability to respond to the needs of its inhabitants.
Consisting of movable modular units impaled on supporting pole structures, the idea was that these units could be transferred around the island as needed by mechanical arms stemming from a central tower. These arms could be manned by a single engineer within the tower, eliminating the need for multiple construction crews in a city with decreasing population growth rates.
Unfortunately the last engineer died of a heart attack while at work, accidentally hitting the ‘RANDOM’ button as he slumped to the floor. The island inhabitants have been subject to a daily shift in geographical location around the island ever since: people are never sure where anything will be the next day.
Repeated attempts to open the locked control tower have been rebuffed by the system: the last three engineers who tried were flung a significant distance away when they got close to the main entrance.
Subject to constantly changing environments and routes of transportation, the inhabitants have had no choice but to adapt. The collection and preservation of memories has become increasingly important with time. People are almost always recording visual and audio keepsakes, well aware that the view they woke up to this morning may never appear again.