Uncertainty Playground: Symposium 2017

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22 Sep 2017

9.30am to 4.30pm

Friday 22 September 2017

9.30am - 4.30pm

Lecture Theatre B

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Uncertainty Playground Symposium considers how design can define, address and make meaning from the ambiguities and uncertainties that we currently face. Keynotes and panel discussions relating to the exhibition will explore the role of design research and practice in imagining, critiquing and shaping potential futures.

Keynotes include:

  • Sarah Weir OBE – Chief Executive Design Council
  • Dr. Francisco Laranjo – Design critic, graphic designer and educator 
  • Jan Boelen - Curator, artistic director of the Z33 House for Contemporary Art, head of the Master department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) 


9.30-10am: Registration 

10-11am:  Welcome & Keynote

Dr. Nicky Ryan, Dean of Design at London College of Communication 

Sarah Weir OBE

11.20am-12.20pm: Parallel Session 1

Possible/Probable Worlds Panel
Lecture Theatre B
Moderator: Tobias Revell
Speakers include: Oliver SmithDr. Georgina VossLuke PendrellWesley Goatley.

A presentation and discussion of future-facing and critical digital practices active at LCC. Participants from the exhibition will present and discuss methodologies and critiques and then engage in discussion with external academics and practitioners. 

S*PARK Panel
Lecture Theatre C 
Moderator: Mo-Ling Chui
Speakers include: Valerie MaceLouisa TanKaterina Papavasileiou.

How can sustainability and socially engaged design enrich the lives of communities? 

This panel will discuss the relevance of the public realm in the contemporary city. We recognise the need for design research to respond to the eco-social challenges of our time and proposes environmentally sustainable and socially responsive approaches that enrich human life and human experience.  

12.30-1.30pm: Lunch 

1.30-2pm: Keynote

Dr. Francisco Laranjo

2.10-3.10pm: Parallel Session 2

FutureMakers Panel
Lecture Theatre C
Moderator: Gareth Foote
Speaker: Tadeo Sendon

In FutureMakers we will continue to discuss the role of playing and making as a design practice. Tadeo Sendon of ‘Music Hackspace’ has been invited to talk about the uncertainties and difficulties about maintaining an open and creative space for making in London. 

Room 2084 Panel
Lecture Theatre B
Moderator: Nela Milic
Speakers include: Sarah Mahurter, Tito Magrini, Jess Baines.

What is the role of the future archive? 

In bringing archivists and design researchers together it aims to discuss the role of the archive. Raising questions of how and why the past and the present are preserved for future generations.

3.30-4pm: Keynote
Jan Boelen

4-4.30pm: Networking & Mingle  

Investigate, interact and imagine.