Open design is a design direction that went through massive innovation aided by recent advances in technology, like accessible powerful computing and 3d-printing technology but also smaller-scale and local industrial techniques. It explores among others possibilities for distributed means of production and their consequences for the production, distribution and ultimately the concept of products as we know them. At Fabrica, Studio Minale-Maeda show – through several projects on the topic over a longer period of time –several concepts and techniques applied to the production of objects.
Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker, founder and director of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. The studio consistently produces inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture. In her lecture at Fabrica, she explores the vision of their studio as a new kind of design practice — one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Recent work includes the design of prosthetic vision for the visually impaired, alternate autonomous weather systems, ecological domestic robots, large-scale devices visualizing quantum computing, pirate networks for autonomous UAVs, speculative narratives investigating illegal markets for synthetic biology and community-enabling services for urban India.
Designing against corruption, architecting for integrity and empowerment?
This is not a lecture as much as an attempt to launch a conversation and joint brainstorm between anti-corruption / governance experts and the Fabrica community. What are the things that keep anti-corruption researchers and advocates up at night? What ideas, thoughts does this trigger on the creative side? What kind of joint explorations and interventions could be imagined and tried out together?
Alka Sadat, former Fabrica researcher, speaks about her home country, in particular about women's rights. She introduces us to her latest documentary film about the Afghan army, and explains about the difficulties of documentary production in a country facing NATO withdrawal and an expected push to regain power by the Taliban.
Swedish photographer Martin Adolfsson’s lectures at Fabrica about his project Suburbia Gone Wild, which provides a fascinating window into one of the greatest structural changes of the 21st-century, the rise of the upper middle class in the developing world. Exploring the search for identity among this new strata of society, Adolfsson takes us where they live: the shiny, newly-developed suburbs surrounding the new economic centers of the world.