UTransLab: Designed Realities : Investigating criticality, political imaginaries and alternative worlds
The main focus of the Designed Realities Lab is on understanding, challenging and exploring counter proposals for technological narratives, and how they can be presented through design and critical thinking in ways that provoke thought rather than communicate a vision of how things will or should be. It does this by combining alternative world views with emerging technologies.
The lab is a place for sharing and exploring ideas about alternatives. A place where design, social theory, and media can serve as a catalysts for interdisciplinary imagining and social dreaming. A platform for exploring new roles for design and new forms of critical engagement that mutate and emerge through contact with other disciplines grappling with the problem of “what should be done when nothing can be done”. It places emphasis on invention, imagination, unreality, critique and speculation.
An important focus of the lab is exploring new ways of presenting designed realities (provocative futures, alternative realities, parallel worlds) that go beyond the hackneyed design languages used in corporate futures and science fiction. It does this by drawing on aesthetic innovations developed in fine art, film, literature, tactical media, and utopian political theory.