Event / Lecture Series
Strands: Public Engagement
Presentations and Discussions about Design 9th April—27th May 2013 Institute of Design - University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
Engineering biology sits at the heart of the next technological revolution: genetics, molecular biology, synthetic biology. We have been manipulating nature for hundreds of years, will it be different? What would the everyday ‘microbial’ world look like? and who is imagining it? DIY bio-hackers are already attempting to democratise the technology and the debate around its use - can the design imagination also participate? Bring it into the everyday and add to the discussion? In the last series we asked if imagination and imaginative processes ‘through Design’ can infect reality and be a contributor to substantial processes of change? Perhaps this is where it is needed most?
These lectures and discussions looks at the tensions in design between fiction and reality, between real needs, desires, hope & fears, even dreams, in the creation of alternatives. We join with StudioLab at the Royal College of Art, London, and BioFaction, Vienna, to think about how the next generation of designers will contribute to shaping this space.