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The Fabulous Seminar


14 October, 2015, 11:15 – 17:00

What’s real anyway? We live in a world with wars, mass migrations and strategic ploys for influence and occupation. This summer VR boomed, and drones flew military sorties and interrupted commercial carriers. AI and robotics were topical on the BBC. Chinese stocks plummeted. The words Volkswagen and emissions now have a different sense.

The invitation only design research seminar takes up fabulation, design fiction and approaches to speculative inquiry. We’re gathering a small group of the curious. Presenters and participants alike. Welcome!


1115   Welcome. Letting Things Speak

presenter: Andrew Morrison

1130   Urban imaginaries

presenter: Einar Martinussen

commenter: Jonny Aspen (AHO)

1200   Design fiction reviewed

presenter: Tau Lensjold (SDU)

commenter: Ragnhild Tronstad (HiOA)

1230   Fashionably forward

presenter: Synne Skjulstad (W)

commenter: Nina Bjørnstad (AHO)

1300   Lunch

1400   Landscape fables

presenter: Laura Watts (ITU)

commenter: Janike Kampevold Larsen (AHO/UiT)

1430   Precedents A possible history of design fiction from Banham to the Baroque

Presenter: Jérémie McGowan (AHO)

commentator: Andrew Morrison (AHO)

1500   Refreshments

1530   Body bio-fictives

presenter: Ståle Stenslie (UÅ/AHO)

commentator: Amanda Steggell (KHiO)

1600   Discussion

1700   Refreshments