Low Residency 2017 – day 9

A day at Tate Modern in the Tate Exchange education space. A drop in digital maker event was happening all day with several MA Fine Art Digital students involved in presenting work. Alongside this we also ran a 3 hour workshop for students and anyone else who wanted to attend, called ‘What happens if we push this?’

From an unprecedented rate of technological acceleration to climate change, fragile economies, humanitarian crises, and shifting demographics: we live in precarious times. It’s easy to feel lost or despondent in the face of our situation, but as artists and designers we have the chance to imagine a better world.

What Happens If We Push This? will explore how to breakthrough the inertia of despondency, and develop a range of responses to two of the biggest challenges facing society today: The future of energy and the future of work. Join subject experts, artists and designers to collectively make images and objects that address these challenges. You will be guided through the process of thinking, making, and doing, using methods from design-thinking to rapid prototyping.

You don’t need to be clairvoyant, mid-career artist or a climate scientist to attend this workshop. It has been created with everyone in mind. We encourage you to come and challenge yourself, in the spirit of solidarity and progress.

We started with a series of provocations and then a making session to explore the ideas further, facilitated by David Cross (Reader in Art & Design), Dr Charlotte Webb (Artist. Researcher. Bot matchmaker.), Jake Rees (Curator, futures researcher, meme-lecturer & writer), Andrew Simms (economist, author, analyst & campaigner) and Jonathan Kearney (runs this MA course).

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