Speculative Design: Hello Future!
6 October 2018Die Neue Sammlung, Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium
14:00 to 20:00
Speculative design: Researching tomorrow today.
With a Future-Malking-Lab with UnDesignUnit and a lecture and talk with Fiona Raby .
“Hello Future!” is a journey through time to the future. Having landed in the museum’s grounds, the FUTURO serves as a symbolic vehicle that will catapult us into an age still to come that we can experience by the means of speculative design. Together we explore the social, economic, political and ecological impact emerging technologies could have and come up with alternatives to predominant designs for the future.
Ambivalent relationship between the present day and the future
To kick off the “Hello Future!” series, which is curated by UnDesignUnit with various cooperation partners, on October 6, 2018 Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum invites this time visitors to attend a half-day participatory program during which they will explore the ambivalent relationship between the present day and the future, between pre-fabricated visions of the future and our own imagination. To what degree can we help shape our futures here and now? To what extent is this controlled by governments, technology companies, and other players?
Who, apart from ourselves, makes our futures? What role can design play in speculating about possible and desirable futures? And how, and on what terms and with what goals do companies with a future work?
In her lecture, the designer Fiona Raby will talk about the power of imagination, fiction, alternative realities and the values designed into everyday objects. She asks how far visions of the future restrict our imagination and ingenuity, instead of setting them free, and how far an eye continually geared to the future paradoxically prevents us from making genuine progress. Together with Anthony Dunne, she works in their joint teaching and design practice on countering the dominance of monolithic progress scenarios with the plurality of futures and on exploring the role design can play in making these diverse futures visible and tangible.
- 2 p.m. – 5 p.m
Future-Making Lab “Shaping Our Futures Ourselves!” with UnDesignUnit
Venue: Workshop room behind Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium
Concept and realization: UnDesignUnit
Registration at INFO@DIE-NEUE-SAMMLUNG.DE, using the reference “Hello Future!”
- 5.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Presentation of the results of the Future-Making Lab
- 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Design discussion “Who Else Makes Our Futures?”
Die Neue Sammlung, Ernst von Siemens Auditorium, entrance free