Liam Young, 19 02 09

Liam Young from Tomorrows Thoughts Today and Kate Davies will be hosting a public lecture by designer Fiona Raby from dunne and Raby at the Architectural Association in London on Friday 20th February 6.00pm.

Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies.
Their work has been exhibited at MOMA, the Pompidou Centre, and the Science Museum in London and is in the permanent collections of MOMA, V&A, FRAC and FNAC. They have consulted for Sony, Philips Design, National Panasonic and France Telecom and have published two books: Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects (Princeton Architectural Press) and Hertzian Tales (MIT Press).

Lecture Title: Do you want to replace the existing normal?  (an error message from Microsoft word)

Design is a discipline focused on problem solving and application. Implications are rarely included or encouraged. If designers are to move into this more complex world of speculation, new roles, contexts and methods for design are needed. It’s not just about designing for commercial, market-led contexts but also for broader societal ones. It’s not just about designing products that can be consumed and used today, but also imaginary ones that might exist in years to come. And it’s not just about imagining things we desire, but also undesirable things — cautionary tales that highlight what might happen if we carelessly introduce new technologies into society. Our recent investigation focuses on the role of speculative practice and how designers can participate in imagining our future societies.

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