Past OPEN Lectures



Cher

Wednesday, 22nd Jun 2016

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Cher

Cher, presented by Caitlin Blanchfield, Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Leah Meisterlin, is a digital platform that allows users to offer and reserve objects by the minute, whether in the home or public space. Community-driven and crowd-sourced, Cher identifies untapped opportunities within sharing-economy social platforms and the communities that comprise dynamic urban environments.

A kind of “cup of sugar” for the digital age, Cher connects city-dwellers to one another through the listing and sharing of domestic objects and local landmarks. Through workshops, walking tours, and interviews, the platform-building process amasses a rich taxonomy of a city’s object landscape and instigates conversations around social exchange and material culture. Initially developed for Copenhagen—a place with a storied culture of coziness and a population fluent in design—Cher will develop into a global platform after its launch at the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale, responding to the quirks, specificities, and needs of different urban populations. 

Through demos, discussion, and real-time chering, we’ll explore how sharing platforms generate object-based narratives and yield unpredictable interactions, revealing the complex economies of sharing.

When: Wednesday, June 22nd – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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Matt Cottam

Tuesday, 21st Jun 2016

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Experiential Futures for Good

Tellart’s work with clients around the world has evolved over 16 years from information and simulation design, to prototypes for speculative products that leverage emerging technologies, to interactive exhibitions that connect online and in-museum audience to enable new forms of creative collaboration and informal learning.

In the most recent phase of its evolution, Tellart has developed an award-winning design futures practice where they research, conceptualize, design and produce large-scale immersive experiences of the future. These experiences allow government policy makers and citizens alike to confront plausible future scenarios featuring speculative products and services. They have served as a platform for over 12,000 government officials from over 200 countries to interpret, debate and navigate the future implications of technology-related decisions.

Working closely with the Prime Minister’s Office of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, the past three annual editions of the Museum of the Future exhibitions at the World Government Summit have gained wide acclaim and led to numerous spin-off initiatives, including inspiring the creation of a permanent Museum of the Future slated to open in 2018.

Called “the world’s largest speculative design installations”, these experiences act as platforms for shaping future policy and each year have addressed increasingly challenging topics. The 2016 edition—titled “Machinic Life”—dealt with the potential future of human-machine interdependence, expressed as a gradient of human agency with respect to technology: from augmentation to companionship to governance.

During this Open Lecture at CIID, Matt Cottam will describe some of the strategies and methods involved in experiential futures practice and demonstrate them through a highly visual tour of projects.

When: Tue, June 21st – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-matt-cottam-tickets-26097596614 

Joshua Noble

Tuesday, 14th Jun 2016

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The Uneasy Space Between Art and Design

So many of our creative practices span disciplines, discourses, markets and views of the world. What does this heterogeneity mean and why is it important both to our personal creative practices and to building creative cultures?

Joshua Noble is a designer and engineer working with at the intersection of code, design, and art, currently working at TEAGUE to create and prototype airplanes, automobiles, dressing rooms, alarm clocks, billboards, home appliances, airplanes, and alternate visions of the present and near-future.

He’s the author of 6 books on programming aimed at designers and artists, and teaches at the Interaction Design Program at CIID in Copenhagen Denmark.

When: Tue, June 14th – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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Simone Rebaudengo

Tuesday, 7th Jun 2016

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We are building a future of things that observe us and the environment, that learn and are trained to take decisions. Some of us are scared about it, some are just waiting for their life to become fully automated. Some of us believe that everything will be connected, efficient and beautiful and things will just work. But reality might be different.

We will look into a weird, awkward, and potentially ironic future where objects know partial, wrong or even biased information about us, where things will fail to perform, and where maybe efficiency will not be the only value.

In this talk Simone Rebaudengo will present some the work of automato.farm to open a discussion around some assumptions we have about these new smart, robotic, automated stuff that will be living with us in our homes and cities.

Simone is a senior interaction designer based in Shanghai working as an independent consultant and speculating about futures at automato.farm.

When: Tue, June 7th – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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James Auger

Tuesday, 31st May 2016

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The future happens through myriad complex factors shaping, informing, and constraining the how and why of things. Every act of creation happens under the influence of a given set of forces or conditions. The idea of constraints is especially familiar to designers: for every project there are good constraints and bad constraints; some that inspire, others that limit.

But particular constraints on the way we think about the future result in a much narrower range of possibilities than we might otherwise experience. Constraints keep us to well-trodden paths; they commit us to making the same mistakes, over and over. The constraint of positivity or progress dogma, for example, blinds future-makers and future-shapers – scientists, technologists, politicians, designers, etc. – from the potential negative implications of their proposals. Other constraints on how the future happens include ingrained systems and infrastructure, epistemology, unconstraints, historical factors, market constraints, and education.

Literature and film have long explored possible futures, both inside and outside of these constraints. But a more systematic approach to the constraints that govern our possible futures has for the most part been lacking.

In this lecture James Auger will explore some of the most fundamental constraints and the ways in which they influence and narrow the scope of future possibilities before showing how a re-thinking of design can provide an alternative.

When: Tue, May 31st – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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