This is the Melbourne Chapter of The Design Futures Initiative. Originally founded in San Francisco, this is a group for those interested in speculative design, critical design, design fiction, futurism and visionary approaches that use design and visual culture to imagine futures.
Hi everyone, hope all is well in lockdown town.
How good did we crush this wave? Congrats everyone—and a big thank you to all the front and back line workers that made it happen.
We're back with one event this month, organised by the RMIT Capitol Theatre—check the details below.
Visions, Speculations & Dystopias: A deep dive into Spaceship Earth is a free online event series for space junkies, eco-futurists, and lockdown existentialists.
The lineup includes a screening of Matt Wolf’s stranger-than-fiction documentary Spaceship Earth (2020), plus a two-day provocation covering climate resilience, earthly dystopias, speculative fictions, life on Mars, eco-futurism, astrofuturism, and the social experimentation emerging from the experience of being locked down in our own private biospheres at home.
“If ever a documentary was in tune with the spirit of lockdown it is this very absorbing film about Biosphere 2 – a colossal eco-experimental project in the Arizona desert in the early 90s, which had its roots in 60s counterculture and which I knew nothing about before this.” – The Guardian
Your operating manual includes:
+ A free online screening of Spaceship Earth
The film will be available to stream anytime you choose. Or join our Watch Party at 7.30pm Wed 4 Nov to watch together, apart.
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/mGvYFB6GHRY
+ A Panel Conversation
5.30pm Thu 5 Nov
With RMIT’s Professor Michelle Gee, Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre, and speculative designer Dr. Ollie Cotsaftis in conversation with speculative fiction writer Dr. Rose Michael.
+ A live Masterclass with NYC-based Spaceship Earth director/producer Matt Wolf
10am AEDT Fri 6 Nov
FREE, bookings essential.