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haplab: a ScI-fI WorkShop on horror and poSSIbIlIty Sophia Brueckner USA

“A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.” -Frederick Pohl

Reading science fiction is like ethics class for inventors, designers, and engineers. Science fiction looks at current technological and social trends and extrapolates them into the future. It speculates on the consequences of these trends, both good and bad, if they continue unchecked. During this workshop, participants will use J. G. Ballard’s “Answers to a Questionnaire”, a story made up of only answers and with the questions omitted, as a jumping-off point to write one-sentence science fiction stories. Avoiding both blind optimism for technology as well as its polar opposite of overly Luddite thinking and cynicism, this constrained exercise will encourage the formulation of imaginative and whimsical ideas for new technologies with an attitude of critical optimism...hopeful yet careful.

parametrIc form fIndInG, InteractIon and SentIence Aaron Brakke USA

We are interested in providing participants an introductory course in parametric and interactive design within an architectural environment. Computation has become ubiquitous, is embedded in virtually every facet of our lives and is currently showing real promise to augment of lives in the way that Engelbart, Sutherland, Beer, Ashby and Pask were dreaming of when they introduced us to cybernetics. Within the field of architecture, the contemporary digital discourse has gained a significant level of maturity over the past 30 years. Computers have been absorbed, adapted, modified and evolved into a robust infrastructure that is changing the landscape of design conception, development, simulation, engineering, management, communication, construction and of planning the lifecycle of a building. It is within this context that this workshop has been developed. The scope includes an introduction to; modeling with Grasshopper and Rhino, digital fabrication processes, and interaction with Arduino. The course is oriented for participants who are new to these technologies. This day long workshop should help each student obtain fundamentals in parametric modeling and interactivity.

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For decades, science fiction authors have explored both our wildest dreams and greatest fears for where technology might lead us. This workshop ties science fiction with speculative/critical design as a means to encourage the ethical and thoughtful design of new technologies.

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Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

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