Invented Futures is a research collective based at Spike Island art studios and SETsquared Bristol. Invented Futures brings together a network of artists and creative technologists around the principles of design fiction and speculative thinking. These are critical design disciplines that challenge assumptions and conceptions about the role which technology, objects, software and systems play in our everyday life. Our workshops, design sprints and roundtable discussions include technologists, writers, artists, researchers, thinkers and designers. Starting with looking at how technological innovation has got to where it is, we use speculative thinking and design fiction to create alternative futures to the given tech culture - through science fictions, experimental AI systems and human-computer interactions, art, film and objects. Invented Futures has worked with University of Bristol Innovation and Enterprise, Zebera Design and Innovation, FutureBased (Amsterdam), Tech For Good South West, Spike Island Associates, Bristol Interaction Group, School of Activism and more. Invented Futures created an event for Bristol Tech Fest 2019. Invented Futures was selected for the Natwest/SETSquared pre-accelerator programme, Back Her Business, in 2020.
11th November WEDNESDAY
Invented Futures will bring together thinkers, researchers, technologists and artists to uncover the role of speculation - through prototypes, fiction, philosophy, literature - in re-shaping our understanding of the ‘future’ and the technology we live alongside.