Event Details
September 21, 2017
Public Lecture Series - Fiona Raby
Halifax Central Library - Paul O'Regan Hall
Public Events

NSCAD Public Lecture Series Presents:
How do you design for unreality, and what should it look like? How should the unreal, parallel, impossible, unknown, and yet-to-exist be represented? And how, in a design, can you simultaneously capture the real and not-real? This is where the aesthetic challenge for speculative design lies, in successfully straddling both. Fall on either side and the frisson, the tension is lost.

Proposals are closer to literature than social science, emphasizing imagination over practicality, they ask questions rather than provide answers. To be effective, they need to contain contradictions and cognitive glitches.Rather than offering an easy way forward, they highlight dilemmas and trade-offs between imperfect alternatives. Not a solution, not a “better” way, just another way.

If our belief systems and ideas don’t change, then reality won’t change either.