SpeculativeEdu project launched

November 26, 2018

Let’s talk about speculative design practice – Launch of the “Speculative Design – Educational Resource Toolkit” project.

The project has started out with a kick-off meeting on 22 October 2018 in Split, hosting international guests, encompassing presentation and discussion about speculative and related design practices today, in the Museum of Fine Arts. The discussion was part of this year’s workshop at the Art Academy in Split, “Interactions 2018 – Workshop Speculative Design: Life after a Disaster”.       

The discussion included one of the pioneers of speculative design practice, James Auger (M-ITI), along with his partner Julian Hanna, both authors of the influential blog, “Crap Futures”; along with Michael Smyth and Ingi Helgason (Edinburgh Napier University), leaders of the UrbanIxD project, who questioned the concept of a hybrid or cross-linked city through critical design practice; plus Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico (HER), founders of the first Italian studies/lab that deals with the near future; and another pioneer in speculative practice, Jimmy Loizeau (Goldsmiths, University of London). Last but not least, with Sara Božanić and Petra Bertalanič (ITD) from the Slovenian Institute for Transmedia Design. Moderating the discussion will be Assistant Professor Ivica Mitrović (Design of Visual Communication, the Arts Academy in Split).

Through this discussion, we detected the current state of critical future-oriented design practices and considered their role in the educational process and the “real world”.

The two-year project SpeculativeEdu will be followed by two international workshops, a conference, and a symposium involving not only experts and researchers, but also students and the broader public in the actual formulation of speculative design educational concepts.

Stay tuned and join us on one of the events following.