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Design Fictions: Omnipolis, Social trust, Planetary Health

Future Epidemiologies, Ethical Responses, Public Health
A Studio Sessions Series

Speaker: Pinar Yoldas

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Space is limited!

Today’s speculation is tomorrow’s reality. 

We will start with the realization that urban structures around us were once as speculative as moon establishment Luna in the popular sci fi series Expanse (James S. A. Corey), the North Shore towns of Arkham (H.P. Lovecraft) or the Walking Cities by Archigram. Through an analysis of environmental and urban parameters that allowed the pandemic to grow and spread to its current level, we will speculate on contagion-free environments and what this notion could look like if applied at an urban scale. 

Concepts such as rewilding and omnipolis (self-sufficient, self-operating cities) by Paul Virilio will be introduced as guiding principles for establishing new urban structures and the social conditions upon which they depend on. What environments and habitats would we create if we employed the power of design to focus on “planetary health,” “public health” and “social trust” as opposed to other determining social and cultural pressures. Through discussions and hands on design assignments we will derive three different environments which could pave the way to a contagion-free living.

Bio

Pinar Yoldas is an infradisciplinary designer/artist/researcher. Her work develops within biological sciences and digital technologies through architectural installations, kinetic sculpture, sound, video and drawing with a focus on post-humanism, eco-nihilism, anthropocene and feminist technoscience. She is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at UCSD.

About

Design Fictions are a critical design tool for thinking otherwise about the past, present and future. Sci-fi author Bruce Sterling says that design fictions “suspend disbelief about change.” Constructing fictional narratives in various media (from films to texts, from data graphics to powerpoints, from prototypes to maps) helps designers think through complex phenomena and explore how various systems might interact. Design fictions shape design paths by investigating and inspiring possible worlds. 

This series of studio sessions will use design fiction methods to consider ethical responses for epidemiological futures. It invites participation from those who want to learn about design fictions and/ or those interested in exploring outcomes of the current pandemic.

This workshop series is open all, with first priority given to Design Lab members and students in the Speculative Design and Visual Arts program. No previous experience with Design Fictions or epidemiology studies is required. 

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