Future Possible: re-directing design

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Is design dead?

The ideas and inspirations from “Future Possible: re-directing design” on 23 August at Gorman Arts Centre.

In our first edition of Future Possible, we explored the future of design with Dr. Eleni Kalantidou, a design psychologist with a unique and radical perspective on design futures. Across one and a half hours we engaged in spirited conversation about what design is, what is can be, how we understand the future and our role in it, and where new approaches to design thinking might take us.

Our conversations were enlivened by the contributions of artists who were part of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre’s exhibition Embracing Innovation Vol. 5, curated by Mel George. Each artist was asked to consider the probable, possible, preferred and preposterous future of their creative practice. The responses were diverse and intriguing and you can experience them below:

Hint: just click on the images to open a larger version.


Guy Keulemans
Transdisciplinary designer, artist and research working across product design, graphics, installation and sustainability theory.


These four statements describe a future society based on low energy, localist, materially conservative precautionary principles to prevent climate change triggers, wealth inequity, material migration and waste.


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Digital prints on paper, 84.1cm x 118.9 cm
Website: http://guykeulemans.com/


Dorothy Hardy
Research Fellow in Manufacturing of Functional Electronic Textiles, Advanced Textiles Research Group, Nottingham Trent University

Solar Angel is the piece that I chose to send to the ‘Embracing Innovation Volume 6’ exhibition. It is about making solar cells look good in glazing. Last year I started research into electronic textiles: ways of making cloth that can sense what is happening and produce useful outputs such as data or heat. I’m part of the Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University UK. We’re still working out which functions can be supplied within textiles and are keen to find out what people want from their clothing. The aim is to make electronic or ‘smart’ clothing that looks good and fulfils the functions that are required of it. Here’s my take on the future of smart clothing: probable, preferred, possible and preposterous. Enjoy!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NTUAdvancedTextiles/
WordPress: https://ntuadvancedtextiles.wordpress.com/


Jenny Judge
Kiln glass artist and member of the Mountain ObjectMakers Cooperative, supportive & collaborative group of makers working in metal, glass and clay.


Reflections on potential future possibilities as they relate to my practice as a kiln-cast glass artist.

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Website: http://www.jennyjudge.com/


Jennifer Robertson: innovative textile artist and lecturer at the Australian National University School of Art

An audio piece on the probable, possible, preferred and preposterous futures of textiles.

Website: https://jenniferrobertsonweaving.com


Our next conversation is coming up on 14 September, featuring Mez Breeze speaking about the possibilities of virtual reality and how the traditional arts such as painting and sculpture might interact with the exciting new possibilities of virtual 3D space. You can pre-book  or just show up on the night!