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Parsons The New School for Design

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Join us for PRIMER19 Workshops Saturday, June 15, 2019!

All PRIMER19 workshops are open to the public as an extension of the PRIMER19 Conference programming occurring at Parsons, The New School on June 13-14, 2019*.

This year's PRIMER conference theme, FUTURES FOR ALL, highlights the wisdom and power of creating diverse spaces for interrogating the 'inevitable'. We intend to bring together participants from across industries and academia to share ideas, methods and projects that examine the reciprocal relationship between design, the world we live in, and the futures we want.

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Title: 2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar: An Exercise in Things Taken Too Far

Presenter: Laura Allcorn; Artist & Founder of The Institute For Comedic Inquiry

Laura is an artist, humorist, and experience designer. She founded the Institute For Comedic Inquiry (IFCI), an artist-led research group that studies humor and its applications. At IFCI, she creates interactive objects and performances that point out absurdities through a technique she calls ‘Participatory Satire’. These works are based on her research and collaborations with scientists, and they share a common goal: using humor, science, art, design and performance as tools for publicly debating ideas. Her work focuses on how humor connects people to each other and lets us imagine possible futures. She has studied and performed all forms of comedy including satire writing, improvisation, sketch, and stand-up.

Laura earned an MFA in Applied Craft and Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art where she focused on speculative design. In 2017 she completed Center For Artistic Activism’s Art Action Academy at the Queens Museum.

Her work with IFCI has been shown around the world atScience Gallery (Dublin); CCCB (Barcelona); ArtScience Museum (Singapore); Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome);Design Week Portland, Risk/Reward Pavement Festival(Portland); Bridgetown Comedy Festival; Portland Fashion Week; and featured in Wired UK, The Guardian, GOOD, Dwell, and Design Bureau Magazine.

She also has over 12 years of experience designing award- winning interactive installations and exhibitions for museums and brands that push the boundaries of storytelling, design and technology. She spent six years at Second Story Interactive Studios, most recently as an Associate Creative Director, where she worked with: California State Parks, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Thomas Cole Historic Site, Harvard Business School,Target, Nokia, and others.

Workshop Overview

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to actively participate in a Black Mirror episode, and dreamt of staging your own Participatory Satire as a radical approach to speculative design, this is the event for you. Step into 2022: Gait Augmentation Seminar.

This experimental session is equal parts participatory performance and workshop. Attendees will be invited to participate in a Gait Augmentation Seminar—a ‘Participatory Satire’ about privacy and disguising your walk. Participatory Satire is a tactic for collaborative speculation that invites people to live in futures taken too far by technological or scientific advancements. After we’ve lived in this absurd future, we’ll discuss tactics, examples and experiment with tools for staging your own Participatory Satire.

This approach borrows from the fields of speculative design, artistic activism, satire, and immersive theatre. Traditionally, many speculative design proposals manifest as objects or videos. They are useful in conjuring contemplative questions like “What is that for?” or “Why would that exist?” Laura's hypothesis is that participatory role-play can encourage participants to briefly live in a speculative reality. This encourages empathy muscles to fire, prompting questions like “How would I behave?” and “Why did I just make that choice?” This tactic can be useful in generating diverse viewpoints. Applying humor and specifically satire, the comedy of outrage, allows us to break down the mental barriers we hold and use our imaginations to new effect. We’ll discuss how this type of participatory experiment elicits different responses than say encountering a speculative design object in a gallery or watching a film.

Key Workshop Takeaways

  • Experience a Participatory Satire

  • Learn a new tactic for creating speculative futures that incite dialogue, encourage empathic responses, and conjure diverse viewpoints

  • Gain an understanding of best practices in satire and participatory engagement for future scenario building

Special Notes

  • PRIMER19 workshops are scheduled for A.M. and P.M. While this workshop is currently scheduled for the P.M. time slot, the final starting time may vary depending on scheduling needs. Workshop ticket holders will be notified accordingly.

  • Attendees who purchase a PRIMER19 conference ticket receive a discount off of all PRIMER19 related workshops. Please check your confirmation email or contact theprimerconference@gmail.com for discount-related questions or problems.

  • Student Tickers are available to purchase for individuals who (a) purchase using their official .edu email address AND (b) show a valid, current student ID/verification when checking into the conference and workshop.

  • If you want to attend the PRIMER19 conference or affiliated workshops but are experiencing economic hardship, please visit the extenuating circumstances page on our website and we'd be happy to work with you!

Other PRIMER19 Workshops:

PRIMER19 Workshop by Andrés Valencia The Future is Human: A Toolkit for Progress

PRIMER19 Workshop by Frank Spencer: Wicked Opportunities: Innovation Through Foresight

PRIMER19 Workshop by Bruce Tharp, Deepa Butoliya, & Stephanie Tharp; Making Futures: Dissonance and Discrimination

PRIMER19 Workshop by Elliott P. Montgomery: Disruptive Modeling for Higher Education

PRIMER19 Workshop by Pierre Shaw & Kishan San: Platforms and Their Protagonists

PRIMER19 Workshop by Chirryl-Lee Ryan: Impact The World Isn't Ready For

PRIMER19 Workshop by Laura Allcorn; 2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar: An Exercise in Things Taken Too Far

PRIMER19 Workshop by Grace Turtle & Andreu Belsunces: Automated Control Wars

*What is PRIMER?

PRIMER conference was created to prepare you for the future and to equip you to help shape it. It is the annual conference (in the US and Europe) produced by the Design Futures Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Francisco, CA and the annual gathering for the Speculative Futures community with 20 (and growing) chapters worldwide.

We welcome anyone to join us! Conference attendees (and localized MeetUp members) span a wide array of designers, artists, technologists, makers, students, and organizations whose work focuses on questioning and rethinking our technologies, products, and systems, or proposes alternative narratives and future worlds.

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