How can designers orient their practice towards care and community? How do they work when the traditional designer-client relationship is disrupted? Can designers democratise their practice and embody interconnectedness?
In 2020, 250 future-building participants came together with 40 artists, thinkers, provocateurs and cultural operators for Assembly for the Future to envision, describe and explore the year 2029. Those gathered entered one of three parallel futures and generated the stories of the watershed moments that led to more than 50 Dispatches from the Future.
The Things We Made Next is five commissioned works from established and emerging designers; each responding to one of these multi-artform Dispatches. The collection connects the social and the political and simultaneously questions conventional modes of practice, whilst embedding designers in collective visions from the future.
DESIGNERS FOR THE FUTURE
Su san Cohn
In this event Alex K, our Keeper of Time, will transport us between the design states of 2021 and 2029. Hear from our curator, Elliat Rich and The Things We Made Next designers as they share their insights and reflections across time, space, politics and community.
Access: Discussion will be Auslan Interpreted, Live Captioned, and recorded with Closed Captions.
Exhibition coming to RAFT Artspace next month
Lead Image Credits: Artwork on the left by Joshua Santospirito, image design on the right by Elliat Rich.