Post-Human Worlds - Designing Satirical Discursive Tools

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Post-Human Worlds - Designing Satirical Discursive Tools

Explore ethical concerns about human enhancement and the future of work!

By Tasmeem 2022, Radical Futures

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Date and time

March 7, 2022 · 9am - March 8, 2022 · 12pm +03


VCUarts Qatar Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar Education City, Al Luqta Street Doha, Virginia Qatar

About this event

Two-day in-person Masterclass by Jessica Charlesworth & Tim Parsons

  • 7th March & 8th March 2022, 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Room 266
  • Upon Registration Only

This Masterclass by Jessica Charlesworth and Tim Parsons from art and design studio Parsons & Charlesworth reveals how satire can be used as an effective tool in the creation of provocative fictional worlds. Using their recent installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Catalog for the Post-Human as a case study, Jessica and Tim will take participants through a fast-paced process from digesting critical ideas about the future to creating descriptions and visualizations of satirical products. Along the way they will show examples of satirical works from different genres and illustrate how speculating upon the objects we may use in the future can be an effective means of questioning the values of the present.

The workshop will explore ethical concerns about human enhancement and the future of work, focusing upon four areas: Cognitive Enhancement, Enhanced Productivity, Optimized Wellness, and Expedited Recovery. This research, concerning the ethics of how technology might be applied in our futures, will be combined with the development of personas and scenarios, to generate new ideas for products which will be written up and visualized. The combined output of the workshop will form a new “page” in the Catalog for the Post-Human.

The workshop responds to the theme “The Institute of Speculation – Future Fictions, Dystopian Worlds & Imagined Artifacts”, covering topics including alternative futures, post-human narratives, and speculative sciences.

This event is an in-person event for the VCUarts Qatar community only.

About the organizer

The 2022 conference Radical Futures addresses the role of design in shaping the future. Tasmeem Doha 2022: Radical Futures is an inclusive and multi-faceted view of the future, one that not only speculates on technological advancements—but on future threats and changes whether environmental, geographical, cultural, or social. Now more than ever, we must ask pertinent questions, raise critical dialogues, and respond with clarity.