To witness a new means of activism, to encourage unlikely platforms for dialogue and to critically look at our futures in times of crisis.
Speculative Design makes proposals that digest large complex issues surrounding our futures into tangible designs for debate. These emerge as memes to change our perspective on scientific research and tech trajectories. I push a form of Speculative Design that builds mutually beneficial relationships between fringe communities and the mainstream population.
I will show some of my case-studies of unusual possible futures in a way that we can emotionally digestible grand research complexities as messy people rather than early adopters, users and consumers. As well as using case studies of other practioners, I will explain the rationale of some of my projects:
- - spas for parasitic infection at cat ladies' homes http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-06/07/cat-ladies-and-spa-treatments
- - door-step water filtration services run by conspiracy theorists http://vimeo.com/25476312
- - historical tours for stranded passengers run by airport activists http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2011/06/heathrow-heritage.php and
- - Farmification - part-time farming by joystick factory workers http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2012/06/farmification.php