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Over The Horizon: Narratives Of The Future

Thu Sep 08, 2011 18:30 - Thu Sep 08, 2011

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Over The Horizon: Narratives of the Future
Panel discussion with James Auger, Sam Hecht and Zoe Laughlin
Thursday 8 September, 6.30-8pm, Free
What do today’s designs say about the world of tomorrow? What can they reveal about our current hopes, fears, desires and needs? How do design concepts extend beyond the physical object, to influence our behaviours and lifestyles? What are the narratives produced by speculative design, and how do these sit alongside the narratives of products created for a consumer market?
Three industry professionals discuss what design means today, their visions for the future, the creative uses and misuses of design objects, and how new materials, technologies, considerations and constraints are impacting on contemporary design practice.
James Auger is a partner in the speculative design practice Auger-Loizeau, and a tutor in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art.
Sam Hecht is a Royal Designer for Industry and a co-founder of the award-winning design office Industrial Facility. 
Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project, and has a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King’s College London.
Over The Horizon: Narratives of the Future is held in conjunction with WORK’s current exhibition, See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception, which runs until 24 September 2011.
Seating for this event is limited, so please RSVP to to reserve a place.
Image credit: Auger + Loizeau, Audio Tooth Implant, 2001.


See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception

Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:00 - Sat Sep 24, 2011

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

As daily life becomes increasingly mediated by technology, there is a growing interest in the original interface between human consciousness, the body, and the outside world: the senses. See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception brings together a combination of young and established artists and designers to show work that pushes boundaries both conceptually and technically, harnessing existing and developing technologies to challenge our perceptions of ourselves, and the ways we communicate and inhabit space. Participating artists and designers include Ann Hamilton, Beta Tank, Haus-Rucker-Co, Industrial Facility, Susana Soares, Golan Levin, and more.

Using anything from elaborate robotics and slick product design, to experimental scientific procedures and prosthetics, the artists and designers engaged in this field destabilise distinctions between mind and body, and blur boundaries between organic and artificial, internal and external, and public and private. And indeed, between fiction and fact.

Whether hi-tech or lo-fi, this work deals with human emotions and senses. Ranging from the practical to the fantastic and absurd, the futuristic projections of this cross-section of designers and artists whose practices envision new ways of relating to and experiencing the world around us provide glimpses of strange new tomorrows in which humans and technology coexist - often within the same body.

Simultaneously playful and incisive, these propositions inevitably produce more questions than answers, inviting critical dialogue on issues such as bioethics, simulated reality, post-humanism and genetic modification. Artists and designers in this field constantly push boundaries, sometimes working at the edges of conventional respectability, challenging our most basic assumptions about our own bodies and minds.

Curated by Marianne Templeton and Kate Trant, See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception has been developed in conjunction with the publication of the same name, authored by Madeline Schwartzman and released in June 2011 by Black Dog Publishing.

Image shown: Didier Faustino, (G)host in the (S)hell, digital video, 2008. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Michel Rein.


Am I Attractive?

Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:00 - Sat Sep 03, 2011

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Why are some people more attractive to mosquitoes than others? What do our body odours signal to insects? Could ‘unattractive’ chemicals inside our body be a sign that the person a mosquito is about to feed on may be an unsuitable food source, due to stress caused by illness or disease?
Am I Attractive? is an interactive installation developed by designer Susana Soares in collaboration with a medical research team led by Dr James Logan that allows you to discover, in a playful way, if your scent is attractive or unattractive to mosquitoes. Two people place their hands in opposite sides of the installation, and in an average of 90 seconds the insects will invariably fly towards the most attractive scent.
It is estimated that over 1.2 million people die from malaria, which is carried by mosquitoes, each year. Am I Attractive? aims to raise awareness for malaria research, and stemsfromnew research methods adopted by Dr Logan’s team to develop a more efficient, reliable repellent made of natural chemicals. This research focuses on how body odours from certain people naturally repel midges and mosquitoes, which could explain why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others. People who are unattractive to biting insects mask the ‘attractive’ scent’s chemicals within their body odour. 
Am I Attractive? is presented in conjunction with WORK’s current exhibition, See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception, which investigates how artists and designers from Haus-Ruck-Co and Ann Hamilton, to Beta Tank and Auger + Loizeau, engage with the theme of sensory perception. Their work pushes boundaries both conceptually and technical, harnessing existing and developing technologies to challenge our perceptions of ourselves, and the ways we communicate and inhabit space.
WORK is a new independent space located in King’s Cross, London and affiliated with Black Dog Publishing. WORK collaborates with leading figures in the fields of art, design and architecture to provide a platform for innovative creative practice and critical debate.

Image shown: Am I Attractive? at Lapse in Time EXD2009, Lisbon, Portugal. Visitors find out in a playful way whether their odour is attractive or unattractive to mosquitoes. Courtesy Susana Soares.