Join us as 3 members of the UW community share their work and discuss how they think about and design more preferable futures.
Audrey Desjardins is an assistant professor in interaction design at University of Washington, in the School of Art + Art History + Design, and adjunct assistant professor in Human Centered Design and Engineering. She will present the early stages of a research-through-design project called Data Epics. Data Epics is a service where a fiction writer uses monthly data archives from home Internet of Things devices to create stories. Each month, a chapter is sent back to the inhabitants of the home from which the data came from. One chapter might be about data’s travels, the next their origins, who and what else they connected with, or how they changed throughout those adventures. This project purposely uses fiction, imagination, and layers of interpretation to accentuate data’s liveliness and otherness, and to open potential ways for living with data.
Afroditi Psarra, PhD is a multidisciplinary artist and an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the art and science interaction with a critical discourse in the creation of artifacts. She is interested in the use of the body as an interface of control, and the revitalization of tradition as a methodology of hacking existing norms about technical objects. She uses cyber crafts and other gendered practices as speculative strings, and open-source technologies as educational models of diffusing knowledge.
Regina Yung Lee is Senior Lecturer with Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, where she teaches on participatory online communities, feminist science and technology studies, and feminist science fiction. Her discussion for Speculative Futures will center on the feminist purposes and queer outworkings of speculative thought, through both literary and theoretical lenses.