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  • Alternative Presents and Speculative Futures: Designing fictions through the extrapolation and evasion of product lineages.

Auger, James, 2010, Journal Article, Alternative Presents and Speculative Futures: Designing fictions through the extrapolation and evasion of product lineages. Negotiating futures – Design Fiction., 6. pp. 42-57. ISSN 978-3-9523662-1-9

Abstract or Description:

The core question addressed by this invited keynote and conference paper is how fictions are designed to negotiate, critique and realise the multiplicity of possible new technological futures. Focusing on methods, processes and strategies the presentation initially describes how things/technologies become products, employing the perspective of domestication to describe the transition from extraordinary to everyday. This development suggests a product history, a traceable lineage that goes back through generations, each one a small iteration of the previous. By modelling this lineage, design fictions can do two things:
1. Project current emerging technological development to create Speculative Futures: hypothetical products of tomorrow.
2. Break free of the lineage to speculate on Alternative Presents.
These fictions effectively act as cultural litmus paper, either offering vignettes of how it might be to live with the technology in question or challenging contemporary applications of technology through demonstrable alternatives.
The presentation focused on how these two types of fiction are created, how they differ from science fiction, other modes of future thinking and technological critique - more specifically how both methodologies utilise designed artefacts. What informs the development, aesthetics, behaviour, interactions and function of these objects? Once created, how and where do they operate? How can we gauge and understand their impact and meaning?
As a consequence of the presentation Auger was invited to run workshops and projects in Basel (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst) and HEAD (Haute école d’art et de design), Geneva and is advising on the design of a new masters programme at the Basel Hochschule.

Official URL: http://sdn2010.ch/
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: School of Design
Copyright Holders: Swiss Design network
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2012 11:28
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2012 11:28
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1093

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