With Aisling Kelliher and colleagues from ASU’s School of Sustainability, we explored the potential of exhibition as both a forum for translational research where complex academic concepts require representation in accessible formats, a platform for participatory involvement in continuing discourse, and an investigative framework for hybrid interactive experiences. Here, members of the public were involved as as co-researchers in discussions about the future using speculative design methods (e.g. writing letters to your future self, clay-modeling an archaeological object from the future). Creating an emphasis on the exhibition as an open contribution space where visitors could add elements for curation and display was important. Results from this experience provided insights and implications for exhibitions interaction design and the value of an art/exhibition as research approach.