The Multiple More- Than-Human Futures of Living with Media and Technology - Laura Forlano

28. November 2018 von 12:00 bis 14:00 Uhr im ZeMKI, Linzer Str. 4, Raum 60.070

How do you study people, things and futures that do not yet exist? Based on 10 years of scholarship and practice on emerging technologies, this talk will draw on theories around the posthuman and the more-than-human in order to understand the emergent aesthetics, ethics and politics. This presentation takes on media and technology across a range of scales including smart cities and autonomous vehicles, robots and the future of work, networked medical devices and computational fashion. In each of these cases, a range of techno - utopian social imaginaries frame our understandings and, at the same time, are incongruent with our everday, lived experiences with media and technologies. By drawing on the posthuman and the more-than-human, we can engage more deeply with the connections between our own experiences and those of technologies and other beings. Specifically, as hybrids, these concepts resist binaries and dualisms, instead allowing use to explore multiple, relational futures. This talk will draw on examples from design research that demonstrate a critical, participatory and speculative engagement with these futures.

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