Week 2: What do we currently know?
Brainstorming the BIG ideas: The Anthropocene/ Big Data/ Human technology Interactions.
Joy: Our group initially reacted to these main ideas in an negative manner, quoting dystopian fictions which project grim realities. As our expectations of the future is conditioned by our context, we limit ourselves in viewing the world in a more forward thinking and positive light. Despite this, we instead attempted to construct a diagrammatic representation of what we currently know about the broad theme of ‘biotechnology.’ This theme was derived from the collective understanding and experience of individual group members, encapsulating our values and perspectives on the future. It was realised that we all held unique and perceptive examples, however we lacked an overarching idea which tie our discoveries together.
Sarah: In the very beginning our group had a chance to discuss random stories and ideas related to the 3 BIG ideas, with a fair grasp on the BIG ideas we all agreed it was easier to focus on Human technology and Interactions, as it was the area we were most familiar with. From there we expanded on what we currently know until the topic of Biotechnology emerged. As Joy pointed out, just like other main ideas we discussed, we saw Biotechnology leading negatively in the future, although eventually we got out of the bubble of assumptions and negativity and were able to think holistically.
Lisa: Initially we struggled to synthesise our thoughts as the BIG ideas covered a lot of ground and could be overlapped. Our preliminary scope began off quite wide – however, we were all drawn to human-technological relations as it is a prominent issue in our current cultural context. There exists as social uncertainty and fear of where it could head in the future. As mentioned by Joy and Sarah, our outlook was bleak, throwing around suggestions regarding the demise of social behaviour and human ethics. We had to redirect this energy because as emerging designers, it is in our practice to try to avoid these situations or manipulate future technologies into positive outcomes. As such, we left with the idea of how technology can also benefit us, instead of solely destructing us.
Wiana: After a group discussion and brainstorming session in class, we all discovered our mutual interests in Human Technology Relations as we embarked on personal experiences, in-class readings, other secondary sources and ‘what if’ scenarios relating to the impact of technology on the world. From this, we narrowed our theme down to the topic of ‘Biotechnology’ and constructed a futures matrix diagram on our existing knowledge and perception on the topic. As mentioned by the above group members, we initially had a negative connotation towards Biotechnology and its uses, however as designers undertaking this unit, we endeavour to seek a positive impact on our future technologies and its benefits.
Week 3: What do we want to find out?
Self Preservation: The future of technology and what it means for individuals
Joy: Branching off from biotechnology, our group decided to take the route of the individual whereby looking at a future where technology, design and the human body gradually become interconnected. Taking a new mapping approach, we gave ourself the freedom to rapidly brainstorm ideas relating to the topic. We found this technique much simpler and more effective way of collating and synthesising our ideas.
Sarah: With a fresh approach on our chosen topic we were able to brainstorm our ideas efficiently resulting to a divergent discussion around biotechnology. We landed on the idea of future self preservation where each have strong perspectives on. We decided that this topic was our starting theme for our blog.
Lisa: We continued discussion over the idea of biotechnology and found that self-preservation succinctly summed up our concerns. Moving out of the quadrant method, we started throwing ideas straight onto the page. This allowed us to think outside of categorised boxes, encouraging concepts that sat outside the plane. We settled for this topic as it reflects the continual human condition for bettering oneself. Technological advancement has always progressed in tandem with this and it would be interesting to see how this could be further extended into the future.
Wiana: With our mindset established on the topic of Biotechnology in week 2, we further branched the theme into subcategories of existing and future technologies based on the idea of self preservation. We believe this will be an interesting topic to research as the progression of technology is rapidly growing in today’s society.
Week 4: Scenarios Brainstorming
Joy: In attempt to frame our ideas and to start creating possible futures scenarios, the four quadrant mapping method was revisited during group tutorials. What was originally a four quadrant diagram had evolved as we discovered that many of the ideas are very closely linked to one another such that the two opposing dichotomies appear inherently cyclical. Synthesising the first map, the second revision worked around the importance of time. As the brief specified a time frame from the year 2050, we were able to contextualise our understanding of possible scenarios and classify this limitation within our diagrams.
Process: Speculative Object
In experimenting with different materials we discovered different mediums in which we could work with.