june 2018

21jun11:4512:15Ece Konuk - Underwater atlas: futuristic artefacts11:45 - 12:15 E: Ship Studio

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Even through lots of scientific achievements, ‘Underwater’ still has many unknown aspects. Ambiguity gives a mystical character for deep waters.

This mystical aura motivated many people to express their dreams, fears and prophecies upon the theme ‘Underwater’. Through history, ranging form Leonardo da Vinci to Rube
Goldberg, many futurists created many artefacts describing the subaquatic life. Some of them were so powerful that they inspired future innovations.

One of the most unique representation of underwater dreams can be found in the book “The Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000” by Isaac Asimov. The book interprets Jean-Marc Côté’s sketches, which Côté was commissioned to draw in 1899 to celebrate the upcoming century. This work differs from many other subaquatic artefacts due to its language and context: Undersea is portrayed in a dream-like poetics, full of childish excitement and imagination. The book includes peculiar ideas such as ‘Underwater Crocket’, ‘Hunting seagulls beneath the sea’ and ‘Fish Races’.

This study aims to examine the futuristic subaquatic artefacts and their reflections/poetics of societies’ dreams, fears and prophecies. Initially, methods of perceiving these artefacts will be questioned. As a unique case-study, Côté’s drawings will be analyzed.

KEYWORDS: Underwater, Futurism, Subaquatic Artefacts, Jean-Marc Côté, ‘The Futuredays’


Ece Konuk is an architect. She holds a Bachelor degree from İstanbul Technical University, Architecture Department. She continues her studies as a graduate student in İstanbul Bilgi University, ‘History, Theory, & Criticism in Architecture’ programme. She is a dreamer, interested in psychology, cinema, and arts.



(Thursday) 11:45 - 12:15


E: Ship Studio

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL