Open Lecture on Design: Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby

If reality is not given, but made, then can it be unmade and remade? How might design practice serve as a laboratory for publicly exploring the material culture of alternative realities and multiple world views? Can they be rendered more concrete and immediate? Not separate from the world, but part of it. What would a place where new realities can be conceived, constructed, and tested look like? Not simply the re-imagining of the everyday, but questioning its assumptions and ideology. In their Open Lecture – Realists of a Larger Reality – to be held in EKA auditorium (Põhja pst 7, 1st floor, A-101) 6pm on Thursday, 23 May – Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby will explore how alternative values, belief systems, and ideals can be materialized in ways that increase the odds of achieving desirable futures. They contend that if we speculate more – about everything – reality will become more malleable. The lecture will be preceded by a seminar at the Faculty of Design (Põhja pst 7, 4thfloor, room D-407/408) from 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday, 22 May. All interested in attending the seminar are required to register online through the following link by Monday, 20 May, 2019, the latest. Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby have redefined contemporary design practice and education with their use of design as a means of speculation about how things could be – to imagine possible futures. In collaborative partnership since 1994, Dunne & Raby are currently both Professors of Design and Social Inquiry at The New School/Parsons in New York, where they co-direct The Designed Realities Studio. Between 2005-2015, Anthony Dunne was Professor and Head of Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London. Fiona Raby was Professor of Industrial Design (id2) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna between 2011-2016 and a Reader in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art between 2005-2015. Anthony Dunne is the author of Hertzian Tales, and co-author, with Fiona Raby, of Design Noir, and Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming. Their projects include: Technological Dream Series, No 1: Robots (2007), Designs For An Over Populated Planet: Foragers (2010), The United Micro Kingdoms (2013), The School of Constructed Realities (2015), and An Archive of Impossible Objects (ongoing). Their work has been exhibited at the MoMA in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris,  the Design Museum in London, Triennale Milano (2019), and is in several permanent collections including MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK). Anthony was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2009. In 2015, Dunne & Raby received the MIT Media Lab Award. The Open Lecture series at Estonian Academy of Arts is supported by the Architecture Endowment of the Estonian Cultural Endowment. For more information, please contact or +372 56 953 199.  
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