Design Fiction

floodlands and dyeworks

In this research seminar hosted by RIBA Yorkshire at Square Chapel in Halifax (12th December 2016), we will reflect on the ongoing recuperation of psychogeography in speculative design practices. This is the first seminar in a series which will explore the convergence of architecture and fictive materialities at the intersections of accelerationist critique and anarcho-capitalist politics – after the so-called ‘speculative’ […]

Partial Listing of Past, Present and Future Courses of the Department of Memory Palaces and Soft Clocks

MPSC100 “unbuilt and unbuildable architecture, memory palaces, unreality and unreal realism, games and play”, MPSC200“RPG scenario writing, (un)reality mechanics, parallel-worldbuilding,” MPSC300“counterfactuals, countermeasures and counter-cultures” MPSC301“Reconstruction, retconning, reverse ekphrasis and simulation” MPSC401“Renaissance imaginaries second-worlds and green-worlds” MPSC400 “Pop-Mechanics and Speculative Thinking: Multiverses, possible worlds and fictional worlds” MPSC402 “Scenario Making, Hyperstition and Worldbuilding” MPSC403 “Weird, Speculative, […]

Methodological Dynamics: Theory-Fiction and Speculative Design Research

Pleased to be able to say that I’ll be talking at the Professional Practices Conference being held at Reading University on the 27-28 April 2017. My paper will be on Methodological Dynamics – between speculative philosophy and speculative design, with case studies from architecture fiction and theory fiction. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This research draws together theory-fictions from the field […]

Retrochronic Incursion in the Science of Imaginary Solutions

This paper traces the development of speculative hardware that commences with Dr. Faustroll’s transcription of designs for a prototypical time machine in Mercure de France, February 1899. The paper identifies, through reconstructive archaeological processes, the invocational ‘hiss’ of what would come to be known as the time-incursions of Roko’s Basilisk installing itself in the present. […]

Flusser: On Fiction

On FICTION (DA FICÇÃO), Vilém Flusser  26/08/1966  Translation by Derek Hales (UK) with the assistance of Erick Felinto (BR) Consider Newton’s famous sentence:  “hypothese non fingo” (my hypotheses are not feigned). On the other hand consider Wittengenstein’s sentence: The sciences discover nothing: [they] invent. The contradiction between the two sentences unveils a profound change of […]

Accelerant Design Fictions: Anticipation & Contingency

Anticipations 2015, Trento November 5th-7th 2015 “This international conference will explore the interaction among anticipation, uncertainty and complexity.” Design & Anticipation Panel Title: Accelerant Design Fictions: Anticipation & Contingency Abstract: This paper mobilises a notion of anticipation, developed from Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy of time and his concept of the objectile. The paper discusses how the […]

The possible worlds of atemporal folds

I’ll be talking at Material Environments: Sensing Time and Matter in Digital and Visual Culture. July 24th-25th 2015 University of Greenwich, London ****************************************************** The possible worlds of atemporal folds This paper mobilises a notion of possible worlds and the technological object as developed from the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. In particular, through a conjunction […]

Daughters of Chaos

Paper Accepted for Deleuze Studies 2015 Daughters of Chaos: Practice, Discipline, A Life will be the 8th international Deleuze Studies conference, and the first to be held in Sweden. The conference will take place between the 29th of June and the 1st of July 2015   Speculative Mechanics: Mechanical Brides & the Daughters of Chaos This […]