FutureEverything has announced further speakers for its two-day conference ‘Tools for Unknown Futures’, taking place in the neo-gothic grandeur of Manchester Town Hall during the FutureEverything Festival from 31 March – 1 April 2014.
The 2014 FutureEverything Festival will bring together artists, makers, designers, theorists and policy makers collaborating on new protocols, languages, systems, strategies and even infrastructures.
During the two day conference, some of the world’s leading practitioners and thinkers from the arenas of design, urbanism, art and academia will lead presentations, seminars and a range of participatory sessions for over 700 international delegates. The conversation will focus on hacking and making, future speculations, the role of government and some of the brightest people and projects around today. Topics include design fiction, emotional computing, new materials such as graphene, principles of play in open-source development, as well as many more.
Drew Hemment, CEO and Founder of FutureEverything, comments:
“People taking control of tools to shape the future has been a familiar trope within digital culture. Drawing on powerful currents in today’s design scene, such as speculative design and design fiction, the festival will debate our fascination with tools as the most natural path towards social change, and open up new ways to question, imagine and make the strange, troubled thing called the future.”
Confirmed speakers to date include:
- Adam Harvey: a designer who uses novel solutions to oppose technologies such as drones and genetic surveillance. His range of ‘anti-drone’ clothing has stimulated debate around the use of unmanned aerial vehicles on civilians.
- Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: a designer, artist and writer exploring emerging technologies and developing new roles for design. Her booked Synthetic Aesthetics was published by MIT Press this month.
- Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino: an interaction designer, product designer & entrepreneur and speaker. She is known as pioneer in the field of ‘internet of things’ design, and creator of the acclaimed ‘Good Night Lamp’.
- Anab Jain: founder and Director of Superflux in 2009. She has lead multidisciplinary design, strategy and foresight projects for businesses, think-tanks and research organisations such as Sony, BBC, Nokia, NHS, Design Council, Qatar Foundation and Govt. of UAE.
- Anthony Dunne: co-founder of Dunne & Raby who use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies. His latest book, Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming, was published in December 2013.
- Dan Williams: a software engineer and developer who builds web and mobile applications, and bespoke physical computing objects. He is currently a ‘hacker’ for Makeshift, who make new tools for startups.
- Eleanor Saitta: a hacker, designer, artist and writer; Eleanor makes a living and a vocation of understanding how complex systems operate and redesigning them to work, or at least fail, better.
- Garnet Hertz: an artist, maker, builder, and theorist whose work explores themes of DIY culture, technological progress, creativity, innovation and interdisciplinarity.
- Golan Levin: a new media artist, composer, performer and engineer interested in developing artifacts and events which explore supple new modes of reactive expression.
- Holly Gramazio: Lead Game Designer at Hide&Seek, a design studio working at the point where games meet culture. She has spoken at conferences including Playful, Boring, Bit of Alright, and SpilBar; written about games for Arc Magazine; and is 2013 Indiecade Jury Chair.
- James Bridle: an artist, writer, and publisher. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines, and continues to inspire critical and artistic responses.
- Koert van Mensvoort: an artist, philosopher & scientist. His work revolves around the changing relation between people, nature and technology.
- Liam Young: an independent designer, futurist, critic and curator. Blueprint Magazine named him one of 25 people who will change architecture and design in 2010. Founder of think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today.
- Paul Graham Raven: a postgraduate researcher in infrastructure futures and theory at the University of Sheffield, as well as a futurist, writer, literary critic and journalist.
- Seb Chan: a Cultural Heritage Technologist who led the Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies department at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. He has helped organisations and institutions all over the world strategise and implement cutting-edge technologies as a cultural sector consultant.
- Tom Armitage: a freelance technologist, designer and writer. His work involves making tools, toys, and art out of hardware, software, and the network. His approach to design involves exploration, iteration and prototyping; straddling design and technology.
Early bird tickets are on sale now at the discounted rate of just £75 until 1 March 2014.