The Bear Abouts Site is live.

Here is the live site and the video (filmed and edited by Joshua Gaunt.)

The site contains my story alongside the other artists stories, by Amy Rose and Emma Powell. 

 

UAL Futures Week Four

Our event is live! Tell your pals.  

The Facebook and Eventbrite events for Critical Xmas Bizarre Bazaar are now live!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/553859511672817/

Eventbrite: https://criticalxmasfutures.eventbrite.co.uk

Critical Xmas Bizarre Bazaar 2030 Briefing

We know what we need deliver by 13 Dec. 5 critical christmas stories (episodes) created around 5 gifts for 5 kids living in 5 different cities in 2030!

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Each ‘episode’s’ script should be created using the same simple framework. Episode names should reflect trends emerging from research.

Post-tech Research

We split into smaller groups and focussed discussion around 3 of our 6 post-tech themes. We’ve left three for now, to pick up next week. If you couldn’t make it on Weds, then get yourself into one or two of the following channels so we can spread out…

 

#inclusive-decentralisation  #alternative-internets  #embodied-data

 

For those that were there on Weds, stick any notes and links in your channel…

 

#conscious-automation  #mindful-devices   #post-human-realities

This week’s challenge | Episode Names + Research

At the end of the next session we will aim to at least deliver the episode names. And present the themes/trends emerging from our research. We’ve created a research template similar to the one we used last week. Hopefully we’ll go further than that and get into creating episode scripts.  

Studio Chat | Interrogating Technology

Daniel Caulfield (LCF) & Tobias Revell (LCC) joined us for a discussion and we talked about how we might re-invent technology with an optimistic perspective. A discussion that relates directly with one of our studio values: Optimistic Criticality. We were urged to look at unintended ways technology is used and shaped in ‘deviant’ ways by groups marginalised groups.

Next Week

We've got the GMD Studio Space (6h floor on the Tower Block, LCC) booked for the following 2 weeks from 1pm to 8pm. As discussed we can meet IRL next Wednesday. We will check-in at 1:30pm, then do some Studio work in groups and come back at 4:30pm for a status update and final check-out.

 

This doesn’t mean you can’t feed into work online if you can’t make it IRL. But you need to get into the research channels and check-in and join the discussion.  

It’s Nice That | #FindingCharlie

Details coming soon for an It’s Nice That studio visit!  It will be w/c 04 Dec will confirm when on Monday hopefully. Co-founder Will Hudson will be a mentor too, so he’ll be about on the 12 Dec before the event to feedback on our stories! https://www.itsnicethat.com/

Public Information Posters

Mid century

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Pastiche, parody - postmodern posters. Scarfolk Council.

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 Development of name for fictional government department. 

Development of name for fictional government department. 

I'l be creating a fictional arm to a governmental body and a narrative for it. 

 

So far it's something like this:

 

In 2080 the soil is degraded. Top soil- there is less than 1% covering the planet. Synthetic soil is produced. Ants are making antibiotics from soils. 

The audience : Farmers, producers. Schools and teachers. 

The Office of Good Measure have to deal with prevalence of pseudo science and rituals being carried out to help with crop and increased yields. It feels a bit 1970s folk Horror. People believe in magic and ritual and quick science solutions.  The slow movement is still there but needs a boost. The OFGM or The Office of GM are communicators of pragmatic positive science. Dissemination of knowledge that will help farmers and producers in desperate soil times. They release pamphlets, posters, films, videos, statements, picturebooks are inspired by the work. Communicated to schools. 

Science Communication - Soil.

In my research I have been looking at the stuff under our feet. 

Soil. 

Others call it dirt, much, grime, crud, mire, filth, mud.

The common knowledge that soil enthusiasts amongst us may know is that a single teaspoon (1 gram) of rich garden soil can hold up to one billion bacteria.

 

Preparing your content & getting your message clear, using lessons from traditional story-telling

Participants will have the opportunity to practice communicating scientific ideas clearly - minimising the use of jargon and maximising opportunities to use imagery, examples, metaphors and analogies - and try out techniques that can be used to generate new content from scratch.
— http://soils.org.uk/event/880

The science book for kids. Research

I have gathered some info on ideas children have on future seas. 

http://www.c4csd.org/ - This is the Centre for Children's Speculative Design - 

facilitating interactions between child and adult designers interested in each other’s unique perspectives. Our growing collective brings together children, artists, designers, scholars and educational researchers to explore “what if...?” scenarios and celebrate children’s imaginations, one of humanity’s most precious assets.

Our research framework is inspired but not limited by contemporary speculative design and ideation processes and submits itself to an expanding array of analysis capabilities. Using a mixed-methods approach, the Center provides both quantitative and qualitative tools to enable practitioners to explore speculative designs through an ethical, child-centered lens.
 The   Children’s Imagined Robots   exhibition features over one hundred drawings of robots designed by children in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Tanzania and the United States.  The exhibit presents a unique perspective on alternate futures imagined by children in different cultures.  As you view these designs, consider that the artists who created them may be the first to live in a world with social robots yet their views are rarely considered early in the design process.

The Children’s Imagined Robots exhibition features over one hundred drawings of robots designed by children in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Tanzania and the United States.  The exhibit presents a unique perspective on alternate futures imagined by children in different cultures.  As you view these designs, consider that the artists who created them may be the first to live in a world with social robots yet their views are rarely considered early in the design process.

Posing what if questions to kids. I have started to gather research.

 

 

Research of a child' reading habits.

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/usr/library/documents/main/final-digital_reading_survey-wed-pdf.pdf 

I am going to interviewsome stakeholder and experts in a modern child's reading habits. 

8. Research and development. Public Information Films.

Here is some research, some examples of public information films that have inspired me.

The Speculative and Critical Design Summer School (SCDSS) over the summer has inspired me to frame soil and science communication content in a way that is a parodying mix of fiction and information. 

For my major project I initially  framed it as a non fiction picture book for young audiences

But I wanted to delve further into my influences and also the things I learned on the SCDSS. With elements of humour. 

The work I had made previously for the major project on soil. It didn't really ask questions of a critical nature. I have decided to put that work to one side and create moving images, inspired by public information films. 

Creative Unions

Mine and Nina Cutler's @ninanananunu Quantworm Mine was part of Creative Unions @csm_news all of September . Part of @l_d_f_official . There were some great other graduates and designers.

In reaction to Brexit, and the role design and art can have to show other possible futures. 

It's art and design without borders.  

#quantworm#creativeunions #earthworms #mines

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We were interviewed by CSM about the exhibition. 

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Speculative & Critical Design Summer school

Limits to Growth? Speculative and Critical Design Summer School 2017 at LCC, London

I written my experiences of the summer school on Medium here with other student's written experiences. Here is mine below...

After a month off in holiday mode, my brain is forming ideas from the fun and rigorous 6 days of SCD Summer School. is bobbing up into my consciousness. The techniques that I was new to such as quick and dirty rapid prototyping, future visualisations and futures poker. The latter Futures Poker, a set of cards developed by Strange Telemetry, 5 of which were dealt to each team and we had to create a scenario around them. They forced several conditions, places in time, locations upon us. Imagine being in 2100, a pandemic of Hikikomori exists and all machines have emotions and feelings?

I only heard about Speculative design as a methodology at the beginning of my MA last year, when I was asked to frame my work in a critical space. As for illustration being a practice that is mainly brief led, but many practitioners now are using research through design I can see the value that SCD had in interrogating the practice of illustration and pushing it to its boundaries in fine art and design space. My MA sits in this boundary and I find it problematic sometimes where sometimes fall down the crack between disciplines.

I my work I develop narratives for illustrations, think about characters, composition, symbols, objects and how they play against and or complement. our Limits To Growth brief led myself and my other teammate, Ania to develop our story The Measured Energy Initiative. A ‘quick and dirty’ almost two day turnaround got us making, thinking and filming. About the same time as an editorial illustration is made in. Communication and simplicity in colour, line and character.

My assumptions and idea of SCD had expanded and changed for me. I initially thought that I would need some science knowledge as I recently finished a project where biological principles were important. But I am surprised by how illustration is a bedfellow for this way of working. Base your ideas from what is happening now. In the news. In illustration draw from life. Because a speculative fiction pack so much more punch if it is from the seed of reality. Then extrapolate out possible truths.

I think that the quote at the top of the course resonates with me, SCD is a “way of thinking through the world”. We as designers have positions, rather than simply answering briefs, we have the ability to be illustrators as well as commentators. With filmmaking, with politics.

 Fictional data vis workshop with  David Benque  and  Ben Stopher

Fictional data vis workshop with David Benque and Ben Stopher

 Myself and my team mate Ania Zoltowski - an MA student on Fashion Futures. Producing our film, The Measured Energy Initiative. 

Myself and my team mate Ania Zoltowski - an MA student on Fashion Futures. Producing our film, The Measured Energy Initiative. 

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Bio Design Challenge. The Summit.

Add pics of our trip here. 

 Installing for the Biodesign Challenge exhibition at SVA - School of Visual Arts, NY. 

Installing for the Biodesign Challenge exhibition at SVA - School of Visual Arts, NY. 

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 Our leaflets and business cards. 

Our leaflets and business cards. 

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Day Two of the Biodesign challenge. 

 Author, William Myers. 

Author, William Myers. 

 With the trophy. 

With the trophy. 

 Enjoying the Pride after the summit. 

Enjoying the Pride after the summit. 

 

 

Our notes.

Our presentation prep.