[NEWS] Open call in speculative design : Caroline Wolewinski and Pedro Oliveira are the two winners
The open call for a residency in speculative design from 1st to 22 of September 2017 ended last 14 of May. The Goethe-Institut, the KIKK Festival, the creative hub and Fab Lab TRAKK and the cultural center of Namur/Abattoirs de Bomel thanks all artists who applied and expreissed their interest.
Discover selectionned artists and their profiles :
In addition to master studies in editorial design at the erg, Caroline Wolewinski holds a certificate of the Werkplaats Typografie. She is actually still going to school now as she teaches master students in installation and performance – still at the erg. Although her know-how comes under graphic design, it does not prevent her from using it across a much broader framework, based on various and diverse media. Her projects are many-sided and interdependent, from printed objects to video via installations : they interact in a permanent dialogue. For Caroline Wolewinski, when reality is enhanced, in particular moving from 2D to 3D and vice versa, it makes it more tangible.
The designer’s project is poetry of the future. Her intention : crossing the unreal image in the real world. Like some types of science fiction, the idea is to make the viewer the future master of his/her tools by democratising their autonomous use. Like a true archaeologist of the future, Caroline Wolewinski intends to imagine contemporary objects – meeting not yet existing needs – through current techniques and technologies, which, according to her, will be popularised in a near future. She will also question the lay-out in space of these objects before giving them a paper setting.
Pedro Oliveira is a design researcher in sound studies and currently a PhD Candidate at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK). Together with his partner Luiza Prado de O. Martins, also a PhD Candidate at the same institution, he argues that the linear model of thinking the future cannot properly entail alternative, non-Western conceptions of time. This is why in their work they imagine SCD as an alternative mode of thinking outside the Eurocentric canon of futuring, science fiction and speculation.
During their doctoral researches they have developed a site-specific, situated and contextual methodology for practicing speculative and critical design. In these open sessions, the usual mode of practicing SCD is understood only as a provisional departure point, from which participants extricate different timelines. Their work with SCD thus is anything but self- centered; it is an ever-open, and open-ended endeavor. They are interested in fragile futures, owned by no one and everyone; futures that are constant flux, rather than in prophetic visions imposed by designers upon others. Their projects outcomes also move away from technosolutionism, prioritizing instead narratives using sounds, voices, social media, performance, and so on.
Pedro Oliveira will cement the first steps for a larger research project we named “Cursed Materialities”. This project starts from the idea that contemporary objects are carriers of old curses and spectres cast by the engines of colonialism. With his partner, he has begun identifying and collecting these ‘curses’, each related to one persistent aspect of colonialism that permeates technologies that play a pivotal role in contemporary life. These curses are embodied, for instance, by profiling technologies such as voice-recognition software, which are deployed as assets through which differences between bodies are coded, disguised as everyday technologies said to be universally accessible. His proposal seeks to start from one of these curses, and unpack them into contemporary and speculative materialities, temporalities, and storylines. He has planned to fabulate and develop two props – a speculative accent/vocal trainer, and a visual score for accent/voice training. His intention is to use these objects in a public lecture/performance to take place in Namur, together with an open discussion on the subject of the project and the first research findings.
You can still read the open call on our website.