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Materializing the Future, Speculative Design: Post-petroleum Utopias

  • John Crerar Library, Room 298 5730 South Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

Speculative Design is a cyborg practice that harkens back to past futurist movements, insisting on a moveable spectrum between art and radical social science. The term embraces diverse practitioners motivated to open up the imagination around “wicked problems” (Dunne and Raby 2013). Perhaps no problem seems quite so wicked in the contemporary moment as climate change and human dependency on petroleum. What would it mean to imagine a world without oil and its derivatives? What sort of leaps are both necessary and possible? What possibilities does a multi-generational perspective open up – a future beyond our own lifetimes?


James Auger (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute and RMIT Europe)

Deepa Butoliya (Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan)

Ken Eklund (Independent artist)

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