Nomad Settlers

is a web-based participative fiction about the beginnings of a marginalized community called Villa Futuro.

This is a collective fiction of a slum in a near future. It explores the possibilities of archival practices and narrative media research to investigate the projective aspect of agency in precarious urban communities. The slum contrasts the idea of the “nomad” with the idea of forced displacement. In this way, the role of the imagination of solidarity collectives in the construction of a shared future is highlighted.

If you want to participate, please select one of the sections of the story below. If you are new here we recommend you watch the introductory video before you continue. Although the sections are developed in chronological order, please, feel free to skip to and choose any section you prefer. Your answers (which are anonymous and confidential) will help the story to be developed a bit further.

How does it work?:

Here you can participate in the creation of a fictive temporary settlement by putting yourself in a situation of forced displacement. Think about solutions to the basic needs of settling down and navigate the sections below. All collected answers from the sections will be filtered to find coincidences that can give some hints of the most probable scenario of the story. To illustrate this possible scenario, digital images and videos are continuously created and published. Based on these results, new questionnaires and new digital material can be created so that the timeline of the story is expanded. Then, the process is repeated manually at regular intervals without using an AI script.

Based on the quantity and quality of the answers, the complexity of the story grows in time. Our task is to create collectively and little by little the fictive settlement of Villa Futuro and to partake in the future of its community.


Introduction – Arrival

Day 1 – Water Supply

Day 2 – Food Provision

Day 3 – Housing construction

Day 4 – Private and communal property

Day 5 – under construction

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