What if?

Design futures proposal

What if trees were radios?

what if trees could emit radio waves and microwaves?
what if we replaced all technology with trees/plants?

would trees still look like trees?
would spaces be divided by music genres,  common interests wealth?
would we replace all radios/televisions, mobile phones with plants?
would the texture of trees change to release music?

would trees still look like trees? would the texture be changed to a speaker texture in order to pass sound?
visualising sound waves/radio waves

Light painting wifi by Tom Arnall, Elinar Sneve Martinussen and Jorn Georg
Using light to paint visualisations of Oslo’s wifi network.

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Janne Parvianian light art painting photography – ‘The future is now’.





Critical design
Using design fiction and speculative design proposals to challenge conceptions about the role that objects play in everyday life. Duanne and Raby are a company that has popularised design fiction and describes it as an attitude and a position rather than a method. They use design as a medium to stimulate discussion amongst designers, industries and the public.

Science Fiction vs Design Fiction
Problem Solving – Problem finding
Provides answers – Asks Questions
How the world is – How the world could be
Fictional functions – Fictional Facts

We have been asked to propose a ‘what if’ scenario of our choice. We should imagine a fictional world in which this scenario exists and propose some design prototypes. This scenario could be in the form of narrative boards, illustrations, installations, short films, critical design objects, renders, prototypes, ect. We should present something that is unfinished, as the aim is to raise discussion and debate within the rest of the group.


Accessories for Lonely Men

Noam Toran designed a collection of objects that function as a replacement of a previous woman. The products include; Sheet Thief, Cold Feet, Chest Hair Curler, Heavy Breather and Shared Cigarette.

'The objects propose that most forms of human intimacy are crude enough in their physicality that they can be replicated with electronic objects, and are meant to question what we think we miss in a relationship; the individual or the generic traces they leave behind'

Did somebody call a doctor?

For this field module i will be learning about what it means to study a Doctoral Research Degree and how i might prepare for one in the future. In the next coming weeks i will be meeting Drs within the art school and listening to their stories on becoming one.
Although i wasn’t able to have an input on what i would have liked to study for field this year, i am glad that i’ve ended up in this group. I had no idea about post-graduate studies or what possibilities are available after completing my under-graduate degree, but todays seminar was full of useful information and I’m beginning to have an insight as to whats available to me in the future.
By the end of the project i would have created a short presentation on my own ideas for a possible research project.

What is a ‘PhD’?
‘PhD’ stands for ‘Doctor of Philosophy’. It is a type of degree that involves carrying out years of independent research on an original topic.

Before next session i need to come up with an idea for my own research project thats within my interest and present it to the group.