Impossible Place: Critical Design and Urban Spaces / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Impossible Place: Critical Design and Urban Spaces

Strange Telemetry (Tobias Revell and Georgina Voss)

Tomorrows


27-28 MAY 2017
11:00-17:00
Diplareios School (Theatrou sq 3, Athens centre)
The workshop will be held in English.
A two-day workshop that will introduce participants to the basic principles of Speculative and Critical Design (SCD), and their application to an urban context.
Participation is free.

Full attendance is required. Please reserve your participation at the workshop until May 25th, 2017 by completing the registration form. Due to limited space, participants will be selected by the instructors and should confirm their attendance on the next day of the reservation deadline.
Notions of the ‘smart city of tomorrow’ usually focus on shiny de-politicised technologies and systems that shrink-wrap a compliant and stable population. Cities, though, already embody human and technological intelligence, as well as inbuilt, long-term infrastructures and deep and complex political histories. How much room do current smart cities scenarios allow for the conceptualisation of plural, speculative, and contested futures? How can a richer understanding of the existing socio-technical systems be instead taken into consideration?

This two-day Stange Telemetry workshop will introduce participants to the basic principles of Speculative and Critical Design (SCD), and their application to an urban context. Over its course, Strange Telemetry will emphasise analytical tools, models of strategic and systems thinking as well as forms of practice that enhance a critical reflection about the present and a conception of possible heterogeneous futures.

The workshop activities will be intensively site-specific, having Athens as resource and a point of inspiration. Whilst macro-level factors such as the ongoing financial crisis, population movement, and climate change will be taken into consideration, the workshop will also focus on the role of the city as a site of contested politics in the Mediterranean, drawing on its political history and culture, its material artefacts, institutions, physical geography, and the built environment.

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With: Strange Telemetry (Tobias Revell and Georgina Voss)

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Dates & time:
Saturday May 27 | 11:00-17:00
Sunday May 28 | 11:00-17:00
 
Location:
Diplareios School, Plateia Theatrou 3, 10552, Athens

Participation cost:
Free

Requirements:
Full attendance is required.
Participants should be dressed suitably for the walk (comfortable clothes etc.). Please let us know if you have any physical issues around participating in a guided walk around the city.
The workshop will be held in English. 

Reservations:
Please reserve your participation at the workshop until May 25th, 2017 by completing the registration form. Due to limited space, participants will be selected by the instructors and should confirm their attendance on the next day of the reservation deadline.


Strange Telemetry is a research company and consultancy. Through design projects, workshops and writing, we explore and illuminate the contexts in which technologies are imagined, built, used, and controlled. Strange Telemetry is a workers’ co-operative, bringing together a directorial team of internationally exhibiting artists, curators, designers and social scientists; and expertise in critical design and speculative prototyping, futures and strategic foresight, and creative workshop facilitation. Owned and managed by our members, we aim to work in a way that preserves our autonomy and independence.
http://www.strangetelemetry.com/
 
Georgina Voss is a technology anthropologist, artist, and writer, whose work focuses on the political and infrastructural systems which underpin and shape technological practices, and the spatial elements of these relationships.
Her work has been commissioned and exhibited by the Brighton Digital Festival, UK; Artefakt Festival, Leuven; and the Milton Keynes International Festival, UK; and she has held artistic residencies at RAMLAB, Rotterdam Port; Experimental Research Lab in Autodesk’s Pier 9, San Francisco; and Lighthouse Arts, Brighton. Voss holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, and HOLO Magazine, and she is the author of Stigma and the Shaping of the Pornography Industry (Routledge 2015).
She is a co-founder and director of research studio Strange Telemetry, and a senior lecturer and research lead in critical studies and design at the University of the Arts, London.
Twitter: @gsvoss
 
Tobias Revell is an artist and designer. Spanning different media and genres, his work addresses failed utopias, rogue actors, unexplained phenomena, and the idea of technology as territory. Tobias is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Digital Design at the London College of Communication, UAL. He is a co-founder of research consultancy Strange Telemetry and one-half of research and curatorial project Haunted Machines. He lectures and exhibits internationally, and has recently appeared at Improving Reality, FutureEverything, Impakt Utrecht, Web Directions Sydney, Transmediale Berlin and Lift Geneva. He is a PhD candidate in design at Goldsmiths.
Twitter: @tobias_revell

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