Is this your future?: Hydrogen birthday card

Made:
2004
maker:
Dunne & Raby
Is this your future?: Hydrogen birthday card.  Part of an installation commissioned from Dunne & Raby for the Energy Is this your future?: Hydrogen birthday card.  Part of an installation commissioned from Dunne & Raby for the Energy

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Is this your future?: Hydrogen birthday card. Part of an installation commissioned from Dunne & Raby for the Energy
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Is this your future?: Hydrogen birthday card. Part of an installation commissioned from Dunne & Raby for the Energy
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Object designed for the installation 'Is this your future?' by Dunne and Raby, 2004. A card with pin badge. The dark blue card says 'Happy Birthday' at top, '8 Today' below, both in white. At centre a round white badge with dark blue writing 'I make my own / hydrogen' surrounding a single shape resembling a skittle, person or bottle. The inside of the card dark blue with white writing. Inside front ' Happy birthday / May you have many productive and happy years as a hydrogen producer'. Inside back 'The agreement: / We, John and Sarah Jones, / promise to pay you your / pocket money each week. / [Signatures] John Jones Sarah Jones / I, Lucy Jones, promise to / make three bottles of hydrogen / each week. / [Signature] Lucy Jones / This agreement constitutes the complete understanding of the parties. No modification / or waiver of any provision shall be valid unless in writing and signed by both parties.' The back is white with 'Birthday Contracts' in dark blue at centre.

'Is this your future' is a twelve-part installation commissioned from Fiona Raby and Tony Dunne for the Energy Gallery at the Science Museum in 2004. The installation imagined three possible scenarios for alternative future energy use: hydrogen, recycled human poo, and animal blood. Each scenario is presented through a photograph of a family using the alternative energy, alongside 2 or 3 objects. The photographs were taken by Jason Evans, the objects were produced or sourced by Dunne & Raby.

This card forms part of the hydrogen scenario, in which a little girl earns her pocket money by selling hydrogen. The installation includes two identical cards.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
2019-233/3
type:
artwork
credit:
Commissioned by the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, 2004