Exhibition: Alive, at the design frontiers

A source of inspiration from “design fiction” practitioners:
The “Alive” exhibition at Espace Fondation EDF – http://thisisalive.com/ – reminds me a lot the work of Dunne&Raby and Gaver’s work at RCA and Goldsmith. Not surprising as the exhibition is curated by the french designer Carole Collet—Reader in Textile Futures, TFRC, Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts—which might be close to Gaver’s work. The design fiction approach applied to biotechnologies is a good match and the most interesting part of the exhibition was the public reaction. I especially remember a couple of grand-parents nearly terrified—between astonished and shocked— in front of some films. However, unlike in Dunne&Rabt usual stance, “the ethical and social questioning presented in a fictional form” is a bit more obvious.

Text from http://thisisalive.com/about/ – “IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE BIOLOGICAL FABRICATION REPLACES TRADITIONAL MANUFACTURE, PLANTS THAT GROW PRODUCTS, AND BACTERIA GENETICALLY RE-PROGRAMMED TO ‘BIOFACTURE’ NEW MATERIALS, ARTEFACTS, ENERGY OR MEDICINE. This world is happening right now. Today, designers and artists have begun to either embrace or rebel against this bioengineered world and as a result, new design directions are beginning to emerge.”

I would like to make a focus on the Echromi project which—in my sense—takes “design fiction” to a next level as it vulgarize scientific facts, explore new scientific possibilities thanks to design and seems (is?) makable today. Learn more: http://www.echromi.com/

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Inspiration – Example of speculative design

Sam Hill
A student from RCA


Graduating Year Project.
Sam Hill

This design process will be fully exhibited at the Goldsmiths College PROCESSED exhibiton.


Exhibition at The Boilerhouse, The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, Friday 30th May to Monday 2nd June.

Part of Free Range exhibition.


My project concerns “experience value”, a hypothesis I’ve developed that indicates there is an intellectual, sensational and emotional wealth to be yielded from taking risks and by subverting preventative and protective systems via exposures.

My process has led me on a conceptual U-turn and far beyond my comfort zone, as I have embarked upon a personal quest for experience attainment and contested my own (previously) circumspect attitudes. I’ve sought to redefine my behaviour and ultimately, my personality.

I have endeavoured to rationalise my theory by quantifying it through a series of experiments and validating it via comprehensive, communicative designs.