Public Workshop ” Speculating About Arts and Science: a Speculative Design Approach to Ideas Design and Problem Creation” April 27

Time: 10 am to 1:15 pm
Venue : Malaysia Design Archive, 2nd Floor, No. 84, Jalan Rotan, Off Jalan Kg Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Speculative designs rides on the systematic user-centred approach of design thinking to venture into the realm of the improbable yet plausible – one that is more experimental than not just in the method but in the outcomes conceived.  Speculative design is not merely about taking what you know, understand or experienced about your world to create solutions that are accountable to that world – it is also about creating an emergent and not-yet-realized world that one might not even consider prior to attempting to design problems and solutions to those problems. In other words, speculative design emphasises on how one design for the speculative and the imaginary – possibilities that are ripe with potential waiting at the wings to make their entrance.
In using speculative design, you are not merely designing a targeted solution, but influencing the present perception of your world. In this 3-hour workshop, you will be exposed to how you could use speculative design, regardless of your expertise, to develop transdisciplinary (rather than merely multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary) art science/scienceart projects through a process that guides you from the process of exploration to launch. Regardless of what stage you are at your project development, or if you are still at the early stage of speculating on what you would like to do, this workshop is for you as long as you have interest in issues on the intersection of the arts and sciences. Even if you are used to working solo, this workshop requires you to work collaboratively with people you are meeting with for the first time.

Clarissa Ai Ling Lee is a research fellow at a sustainable development research centre by day, and an art-science ideas creator 24/7. Since 2011, she has been working on the use of science fiction as creative science prototyping, which makes the transition into speculative design as an approach to participatory design of ideas and solutions a natural transition for her.  Last year, she collaborated on a successful project that takes speculative design to senior citizens and stakeholders interested on the issues of ageing that produced a series of workshops that allowed her to refine on the tools that she is now deploying to art-science project development. She presently is running a project called “A-S/S-A : Art-Science Approaches to Knowledge generation in Sustainable Futures” and is one of the co-investigator of the British Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, Protopolicy Asia, which seeks to bring speculative design as a problem/solutions design tool to targeted communities.

Program Schedule
10:30 AM – 11:45 – Problem Creation
11:45 AM – 12:00PM – Tea Break/Visiting Other Groups
12:00 PM – 12:30PM – Storifying the Solution
12:30PM – 1:00PM – Fast Prototyping
1:00- 1:15PM – Wrapping Up and Discussion

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