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Workshop “Speculative Design: Approach, Methods and Tools”

  • 9. 3. 2021

An online workshop “Speculative Design: Approach, Methods and Tools” was held in March 2020, led by Ivica Mitrović and Oleg Šuran, professors at the Academy of Arts in Split.

Participants were introduced to the present and future of speculative design and related practices. In addition, the lecturers presented examples of speculative design with rich pictorial and video material, which resulted from the projects in which they were involved.

The discussion showed that speculative design is an interesting topic that gains in visibility and importance, and at the same time raises many questions. Speculative design questions the practice of design and aims to offer alternatives that are essential for the world of today and more importantly, the world of tomorrow. Design practices involving speculative approaches are becoming more critical towards themselves, they are engaging with communities to produce lasting and effective outcomes.  The purpose of these practices, however, is to push to the fore the perspectives (e.g., socio-cultural context) from which the future is created.

A recording of the workshop is also available via the link: VIDEO

The workshop is part of the “Hello, futures” trilogy and is a continuation of a lecture on the speculative future given by Phil Balagtas in September 2020 – VIDEO

The event was organised by the Regional Creative Economy Centre (RCKE) under the auspices of the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR) in the framework of the COCO4CCI project (Culture and Creative Industries Cooperation Collider) within the Interreg Central Europe programme, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.