What is Carbon Ruins?

The exhibition is the result of several initiatives at Lund University, most notably the Narrating Climate Futures Initiative, the Climaginaries project and the think tank LU Futura. The aim is to transport visitors in space and time, to a future where transitions to post-fossil society has already happened, to spark a visionary and tangible conversation on what we leave behind and what we take with us.

By focusing on physical objects, recognisable and culturally powerful, we bridge the gap between the concrete every day lives of humans and the abstract impacts of climate change. As you pick up an ad for frequent flyer points, you hear the story of how a growing social movement boycotted air travel, forced governments to implement fair taxation on aviation and ultimately made the practice of frequent flying obsolete.

The choice of the objects and the associated stories are based on an aggregate of climate models and expertise from the Narrating Climate Futures network. The participating characters and events which construct the story have been generated through participatory workshops with researchers and practitioners in food, transport, steel, energy and plastic.

Tour dates

Eden (8-12 April 2019)

Medborgarcenter Kristallen (14-24 May 2019)

Almedalen, Teatersalongen i Teaterskeppet (30 June - 7 Juli 2019)

Domkyrkoforum (2-29 September 2019)

Lunds Stadsbibliotek (1 Oct - 3 November 2019) - Guided tours

Press review

Grist: Zoe Sayler, Back to the future, In a future without climate change, how will we be remembered?, published 05/10/2019

Center for the Future Of Museums Blog: Elizabeth Merritt, Is the future of museums, museums from the future?, published 04/09/2019

Utställningskritik #4 2019: Paloma Berggren, Carbon Ruins eller framtidens förflutna, published 23/08/2019

Chip Giller, Grist: Shift happens newsletter, Your neighbors may be cooking up climate solutions, 3. Your pick-me-up, published 12/08/2019

Fast Company – World changing ideas: Adele Peters, It’s 2053 and we saved the planet: How will we look back at the time before we abandoned fossil fuels?, published 01/08/2019

Horizon - The EU Research & Innovation Magazine: Joanna Roberts, People in cities hold the key to ensuring a sustainable future, published 01/08/2019

extrakt: Karin Montgomery, Carbon Ruins visar en fossilfri framtid, Formas webzine, published 11/06/2019

Syre: Ossian Sandin, Lämningarna efter kolet, published 10/06/2019

Miljö & Utveckling: Joline Ekman, Utställning om fossilåldern hos Miljö & Utveckling i Almedalen, published 15/05/2019

Sydsvenskan: Carolina Söderholm, Gårdagens visioner av framtiden på Ikea museum är lätta att känna igen, published 30/04/2019

Dagens Nyheter / Kultur: Sverker Lenas, Forskarscenario: Så kan Sverige bli fossilfritt 2045, published 10/04/2019

Lund University: Carbon Ruins on Youtube, published 9/04/2019

Skånska Dagbladet: Joakim Stierna, Vår fossil-era kan visas upp på museum, published 9/04/2019

P4 reportaget: Lars Ekman, Framtiden är här (i Lund) – och den är fossilfri, 2:07 min, published 8/042019, at 2.52 pm

P1 – Godmorgon, världen! published 7/04/2019 at 09.03 am

LUM – Lunds universitets magasin: Jenny Loftrup, Hållbarhetsveckan manar till omställning, published 18/03/2019

Miljö och Utveckling: Ingar Lindholm, Moderna fossil blir utställningen Carbon Ruins, published 8/03/2019

The Team

Roger Hildingsson, Department of Political Science, Sylvia Lysko, Department of Political Science, Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson, LU Sustainability Forum, Alexandra Nikoleris, Environmental and Energy System Studies, Caroline Mårtensson, Artist, Johannes Stripple, Department of Political Science

Roger Hildingsson, Department of Political Science, Sylvia Lysko, Department of Political Science, Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson, LU Sustainability Forum, Alexandra Nikoleris, Environmental and Energy System Studies, Caroline Mårtensson, Artist, Johannes Stripple, Department of Political Science

Thank you

AF Bostäder, Akademikern, Lunds fria studenttidning, Biologiska museet, LU, Gustav Heurlin, Västergötlands museum, Fredriksdal museer och trädgårdar, Geologiska institutionen, LU, Höganäs museum, John Thys/AFP, Lunds domkyrkoförsamling, Lunds Stadsbibliotek, Medborgarcenter Kristallen, MCC – The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Neue Galerie, MHK, Kassel.