Micronations Revolution

The Science of Imaginary Solutions

‘‘ Its sounds like experiential futurism.”
Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling, ‘Design Fiction’ review.

Micronations Revolution is a pop-up show at the edge of science fiction. Directed, designed and curated by Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian for Shunt-London, Micronations Revolution encompassed music, performance,workshops & animations all developed around four fictional micro-nations. The two-day program comprised a series of designed interactions exploring imaginary geopolitics, hence the Micronations moniker and a series of interactive experiences and experiments. Shunt Lounge located in the labyrinth of underground arches beneath London Bridge station, was broken up into four imaginary nations, each with a different sequence of workshops and performances. For example, in Sea-Salt Park, scuba instructors gave diving lessons (without water). In the Marble Kingdom, citizens floated on a pool filled with 60,000 marbles. Ice Break Mountain was home to a speed dating event in Yeti territory, and simple machines were manufactured and auctioned off nightly in Iron Scape.

The project (with an attitude that lives somewhere between Medieval Times and Maywa Denki) is inspired by Alfred Jarry’s pataphysic philosophy, or the science of imaginary solutions, which parodies modern science through the production of nonsense.

You can see details of the programme & the concept of the nights and all the artists and designers involved in the show, as well as more pictures, on the website www.micronationsrevolution.com

Project co-produced with shunt