Call for Speculative Futures Workshop, Maribor, Slovenia, 14 – 16 April 2019

February 17, 2019

Speculative Futures Workshop, Maribor, Slovenia, 14 – 16 April 2019

Location: Centre for Creativity, Slovenia, Partizanska cesta 11, Maribor — from 9:30 to 18:00

What about the future friends – Who are they? And how do we interact with them?

As an introduction to the Future Friends Event, a 3-day intensive workshop with renowned workshop leaders from the Speculative Design sphere will take place in Maribor, Slovenia from 14th – 16th April 2019.

Speculative Design questions the practice of design and offers some alternatives that are essential for the world of today and more importantly, the world of tomorrow. The aim of the workshop is to introduce participants to Speculative Design practice with an emphasis on the “real world”; that is, responding to the needs of people, society, public policy, and the economy.

Twenty selected participants will work on different approaches to Speculative Design with a focus on what/who our Future Friends might be. Is a future friend an art object, a product, a new system, or just a feeling?

Four groups of 5 participants will be led by:

The call was open to undergraduate (bachelors) and postgraduate (masters and doctorate) students, and to early career professionals from design, psychology, anthropology, architecture, urban planning, IT and computing, sociology, visual and new media arts, and other related fields. Twenty selected participants have received a scholarship that covers tuition fee, 3 nights accommodation, and meals (breakfast and lunch)!

The deadline for applications was 15th March 2019, 2 pm Central European time. 

Through the workshop we will open questions and generate new Future Friends scenarios. Take action, apply now!!!

The Future Friends Event is supported by Centre for Creativity, Slovenia, Academia, College of Short-Cycle Higher Education, Maribor, MIKK Murska Sobota, Youth Cultural Center, Murska Sobota.

The SpeculativeEdu project has been funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.