Conveying a plausible hopeful future in which trash is nonexistent, we created a performance called “The Museum of Yesterday”–a fictitious exhibition in the year 2080 that showcased the experience of handling, viewing, and disposing of trash as if it was an artifact of the past. The exhibit had labels, an interactive trash station, and a performative “trash man”. Placing trash on a pedestal behind tape that said, “Do not touch,” revealed to the visitor a future in which trash no longer existed, the climate change battle thus became a winnable scenario. The workshop overall leveraged speculation, narrative, and performance as tools for designing higher quality conversations about possible futures. 

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