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Uncertainty Playground at London College of Communication considers how design can define, address and make meaning from the ambiguities and uncertainties that we currently face. Discover four exhibitions and collateral events that explore the role of design research and practice in imagining, critiquing and shaping potential futures. 

Possible/Probable Worlds deconstructs the ideas behind Joseph Voros’ ‘Futures Cone’ and proposes a range of possible futures through interactive installations; S*PARK explores eco-social futures and imagination through community and collaborative design interventions at Elephant Park and LCC, while FutureMakers creates a platform for debate around making and using uncertainty as a form of enquiry within the context of a co-created makerspace. Enter Room 2084 to discover a living archive, stimulating discussion around how and why we preserve the past and present for future generations. 

Uncertainty Playground is part of the London Design Festival. Open to the public between 16th September to 20th October; 11am–7pm Monday–Friday and 11am–4pm Saturday. Private View Wednesday 20th September 6-9pm Symposium Friday 22nd September 9.30-5pm.

A SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS AS PART OF THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

Tobias Revell on 'futurity' and 'speculation'

November 17th, 2017

In a recent article by Tobias Revell, show lead on Possible/Probable Worlds, he continues to discuss the topics of Uncertainty Playground. He begin the article by stating that he has become troubled by notions of ‘futurity’ and ‘speculation.’ Tobias writes:

“Future speculation is ubiquitous in everything from enormously popular blockbuster science fiction cinema to advertising, from media art to design thinking methods that utilise speculative design in policy making. Speculation is a tested strategy for reconciling outrage and shock; it may help us broaden our expectations, stretch the imagination, widen the debate, broaden the dialogue but this is still fixed within the constraints of fixed space, linear time and the ceaseless thirst for ‘rational’ progress. Speculation more often than not takes the form of cautionary tales designed at steering our future towards the most progressive (in a fixed interpretation) future. Worse still, by the mere act of ‘what-if’-ing about the future, speculation delineates the past and present from the future. This addiction to linear time cripples the ability of speculation to properly arrationalise a world increasingly distant from modernist notions of time and space.”

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