Matt Cottam

Tuesday, 21st Jun 2016


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
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