NEW EVENT – MARCH 2020
Second Order Design Fictions
One of the new directions for The Studio at the Edge of the World is to reconfigure the form, content and political application of design fictions. The idea is to take design fictions beyond current modes of use and the fragmented thinking and practice of speculative design, critical design, design futures, scenario design, and design in general.
Drawing on 'second order cybernetics’ we have named this practice second order design fiction. The implication is that production of the fiction becomes a recursive exercise of critical observation that returns what is created to its author (as any combination of new learning, remaking or, designing). The aim of such a fiction is to advance the capability of autonomous design practice and, more specifically, to produce a brief for an autonomous project for an aspiring autonomous designer (a designer independent from being a service provider).
In 2020, we are initiating a series of S/O Design Fiction events, some independent, some in partnership with institutions.
The first event will be in March 2020 in Launceston, Tasmania. A second event will be held later in the year, either with the same theme, or on ‘moving a city.’ We are calling for Expressions of Interest for the first event. We also would like to hear from you if you are interested in attending an S/O design fiction event later in the year.
S/O DESIGN FICTION EVENTS - Call for Expressions of Interest
The First Event – 27-29, March 2020, Launceston, Tasmania
This will focus on the creation of a second order design fiction for an autonomous design practice.
The concept of autonomous design is already in circulation, as the naming of design capacity that is intrinsic to 'a community', which can be enhanced and developed once it is recognised as such. Building on this is the idea of ‘the autonomous designer’ as a nascent professional practice. Such a designer foregoes the service provider role to become an independent agent who initiates and gains support for projects of their own creation that in some way address the challenges of our age. The basis of autonomous design is trans-disciplinary and it goes well beyond the confines and objectives of design as a discipline.
Day one: concepts, critique, imperatives, possibilities: Speculative Design et al; S/O Design Fiction.
Day two: S/O Design Fiction for an autonomous design practice: group work
Day three: the creation of the brief for self-directed action
Where: Launceston, Tasmania, venue to be confirmed
When: February 2020 (Summer) dates to be confirmed
Cost: $AUD 600.00* (includes lunches, tea and coffee) *$US 410.00
Presenters/Facilitators: Tony Fry and Anne-Marie Willis
Participants: Maximum of 30 people to be chosen from Expressions of Interest (EOI)
EOI: One page CV and statement on “why I think this event will be of value to me. Mail to Tony Fry – firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for EOI: March 1, 2020.