Fear Engineering is a speculative design project exploring and speculating the role of government during an epidemic outbreak.
In response to the Ebola outbreak started in March 2014 in West Africa, many people have evinced strong fear and sometimes even xenophobia.
In the Western countries, USA especially, the anxiety and fear spread faster than the virus itself and had a tremendous impact on society and economy. The so-called 'Aversion Behaviour' is a fear factor resulting from peoples' concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact: there is a stop in productivity, people don't go to work, kids don't go to school, there are no flights coming in, trade slows down, etc.
We analysed the political realities and speculated around a potential future where the virus is a designed strategy to fulfil government's purposes. The project has a focus on reasons and consequences, methods and strategies applied by a future government.
Project in collaboration with Henrique Nascimento and Kao Pao Hui.