Operating at the intersection of art, science and technology, this course investigates how scientific theories shape aspects of culture and society. We will engage in the practice of “speculative design”, creating sculptures, wearables, and objects that envision different futures, while reflecting on social, political, and ethical implications of various technologies. Students will develop skills in industrial design, physical computing, and fabrication, as well as sensing and responsive technologies (including hardware/software integration, sensors, micro-projection, biometric sensing, etc), while applying them to critical social discourse.
Reality R&D: Designing Speculative Futures
“Ani Liu: Daughter of Invention,” featured on November 15, 2019, for PBS’ Articulate, Season 5, episode 6.