The Future Of ……2016

Design Exchange are very excited to be working in partnership with The Future Of… 2016. A groundbreaking new event being held on the 14th September 2016 at the most futuristic and inspiring venue in London, the Flux Lounge.

The one day event will showcase 7 pioneering artists and designers that are moulding the future, the day will be a mixture of talks, walk-n-talks and presentations, allowing everyone to mix and share ideas.

We hope you can come and join us.

The amazing lineup for the day:

Featuring our next #FutureForecast edition guest editor Di Mainstone (out 10th September )

The Future of Play by Di Mainstone

The Future of Play by Di Mainstone

The urban landscape is fast becoming an interface for new modes of play through the use of new technologies that clip-on to existing structures and remix their functions. These inventions are allowing us to create magic within the public realm altering our perception of the city. The white stripes on a zebra crossing can become the giant keys to a piano, the light from a lamp post can cast a disobedient shadow that dances instead of following us to the subway, and the suspension bridge on the way to work can become a giant elaborate harp. To illustrate this idea, Di will discuss one of her projects called the Human Harp – a digital device that clips onto suspension bridges enabling the user (or movician) to play the cables like a giant harp. Discussing her process, Mainstone will also explain how she uses film, architecture and performance to create “design fictions” in which she explores expressive modes of interaction, which then feed ideas for the poetic use of technology for future projects and devices.  Di’s next quest?  To play the cosmos!

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Wired Innovation Fellow 2016 Di Mainstone is an artist and filmmaker who creates sonic instruments that combine sculpture, dance and technology.  Di is founder of the widely acclaimed Human Harp – a digital musical device that transforms suspension bridges into giant harps so that people can play them.   She was invited to be a global ambassador for audio brand Sennheiser who told her she had invented “the largest instrument in the world!”

Di develop sonic instruments that are “body-centric” and transform physical movement into sound via digital technology.  She has invented the term “movician” to describe the player of her wearable instruments – part-mover part-musician. Di has had art-science residencies at institutes such as Eyebeam Centre for Art and Technology in New York, XS Labs in Montreal, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam and currently the European City of Science.

Di has joined a host of international institutes as visiting tutor, such as Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, London College of Fashion, New York University and Concordia University in Montreal.  Her sonic devices have been exhibited extensively, most notably at The V&A, The Barbican, The National Portrait Gallery, Eyebeam NYC and the Swedish National Touring Theatre. Di’s work has been featured by BBC World Service, New Yorker, New York Times, Time Out and The Observer.  Her creations can also be seen in films, which she writes and directs.

The Future of Food by Ido Garini

The Future of Food by Ido Garini

The future of food, lies in the understanding of the power of food and eating. On how food taps to the core of our existence beyond the basic survival need and how this has, is and will shape humanity, culture, politics and creativity. How food is used today outside the kitchen, restaurant and dinner table as a tool for marketing, art, and design. How today’s food culture has evolved and where is it heading. The symbolism of food in the creative industry, it’s power as an ultimate experience enhancer and the new food realities this will eventually create. New eating rituals and how they represent what drives us to eat and how we eat. Looking at food as a method of expression and reflecting how this will complement the high pace – high thrill technological overwhelming future we are heading into. What is Appetiting, and how will this manifest in the near and far future.

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Ido Garini is the founder and creative director of Studio Appétit. Renowned world wide as a pioneer in the integration of culinary art and the act of eating within the contemporary design, art and also marketing and PR world. Studio Appétit consists of 3 main brands: The Atelier, which works through its ‘Appetiting Lab’ on research, new projects, edible installations, product design and new platforms; -ISM, a creative agency, and Room-Service, a boutique f&b concept house and consultancy for the hospitality industry.
@StudioAppetit

 

The Future of Health by Lucy McRae

The Future of Health by Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae will use projects as case studies to illustrate how she merges the health, entertainment and biotechnology markets. As the gap between science fiction and reality is shrinking she believes examining the future of the body beyond the Earth’s environment, benefits human health on Earth.

 

Rooted in evidence based research she will present other projects that prove, exploring the surreal and unpredictable are rich grounds for innovation. Can we design doubt and vulnerable experiences that alter perception and emotional responses as a means to better understand our body?

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Lucy McRae is a science fiction artist, director and body architect probing the frontiers of the body, health and human adaptability. Trained in classical ballet, McRae’s artistic study of technology began during her years at Philips Design, where she led the technology company’s far-future research lab. A broad portfolio that focused on emotional sensing, she developed stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo and a range of emotional sensing dresses. McRae partners with synthetic biologists and scientists to connect health, beauty and biotechnology with science fiction.

Her TED talk has had over 1,400,000 views and sje os  McRae is a TED Fellow, inventor of the Swallowable Parfum, The Future Day Spa and listed by Fast Company as a woman shaping the future. Her latest project The Institute of Isolation examines whether extreme experiences, like isolation may shift brain patterns and be used as a method for evolving human capacity.

WIRED claims “McRae’s art might make you uncomfortable, but that’s okay – it’s meant to. It might also redefine medicine delivery and planetary colonisation”

@lucy_mcrae

The Future of Identity by Yifei Chai

The Future of Identity by Yifei Chai

Our trust and reliance on digital has led us to question our physical identities. Using plastic cards and papers to prove who we are when we are physically standing there, or carefully crafting our social profiles to express a deeper desire of who we feel we are. What if digital and technologies take a turn back into physical? What if the future of identity can allow us to be completely someone else?

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Yifei Chai is an Innovation Architect specialising in the human/emotive factor of technology and Luxury Psychology. His invention in the space of wearable technology, enables telepresence through muscular stimulation combined with vision synchronisation so that others can experience your physical motion. His “Pretender” project has attracted interest from the UK Government in the form of a £100,000 investment for R&D

Since then he has been investigating problems that bridge the immersive technologies with human empathy in design. This is a key new area of development that has emerged to enable a user to, through gamification and interactive experiences, adopt natural interfaces with clear affordance qualities.

The Future of Making by Caroline Till

The Future of Making by Caroline Till

Celebrating radical ideas that re-evaluate how we will design, manufacture and consume products. Exploring the future of digital fabrication & distributed manufacture, the rise of the maker movement, new material innovations, and the future self-sufficient home factory.

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Co-founder and Director of futures consultancy FranklinTill Studio and Editor of global trend bible Viewpoint magazine, Caroline has advised many of the world’s leading brands and organisations to help them prepare for the future. Pioneering and directing the Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins for the last 6 years, Caroline has been contributing worldwide on the subject of sustainable design practices, design innovation and future materials.

The Future of Sustainability by Leyla Acaroglu

The Future of Sustainability by Leyla Acaroglu

How is your fridge contributing to global food waste? Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment by recycling, but things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag.  Sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu will challenge your tightly-held green myths and will help you to think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.

If you’d like to take this theme further and learn more about how to disrupt your thinking, Leyla Acaroglu is running her award winning program The Un-School of Disruptive Design during from 21 – 22 September, 2016. Tickets are limited so be quick.

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Born in Australia but based in New York, Dr Leyla Acaroglu’s TED talk is one of the most watched sustainability-themed presentations in TED’s history, with over 1,100,000 views. An award winning designer, sociologist and sustainability provocateur, she explores counterintuitive ideas about what sustainability is and how we can use it to bring about innovative design solutions.

Acaroglu was named one of Melbourne’s Top 100 People of Influence and has featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, The New Yorker, on American and Australian television, and many other media channels.

“As the preeminent thought leader in her field, Leyla Acaroglu has been championing systemic life cycle sustainability as key to a sustainable future” – Australian Design Review

@LeylaAcaroglu

The Future of Art by Margot Bowman

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Margot Bowman is an Artist and Creative Director telling cultural stories using new media. She combines her curiosity about the human beings and the world we live in with the digital network that defines our age to explore our “new normal”. A Central St. Martins graduate she has collaborated with Nike, McQueen, Mini, AnOther Magazine, Diesel, Converse and Selfridges as well exhibiting internationally and co-founding 15Folds, a GIF art gallery in 2012. Through her cultural diagram of futurism, sub-culture, technology, sustainability, Bowman is aims to create culture that enables us to better understand ourselves and the strange times we live.

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Wednesday 14th September 2016  3pm – 8pm at the Flux Innovation Lounge, London.

Ticket £65   www.futureof.co

Twitter  @_thefutureof_

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