Merging art and design in foresight: Making sense of Emerge

Cynthia Lea Selin

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    Abstract

    Emerge: Artists and Scientists Redesign the Future, hosted by Arizona State University in 2012, united artists, engineers, bioscientists, social scientists, storytellers and designers to build, draw, write and play with the future. Over three days, and in nine different workshops, participants created games, products, monuments, images and stories in an effort to reveal the texture and feel of emergent futures. The Emerge workshops drew from a burgeoning field of future-oriented methods that infuse art, design and information technology into the development and delivery of scenarios and design fictions – a constellation of practices I call “mediated scenarios”. This introduction and the articles in this special issue, work to make sense of these emerging practices, and of Emerge itself, in order to develop appreciation of this rising genre. In doing so, the papers in this issue ask critical questions about the nature of these novel forms of foresight practice and investigate the trade-offs and potencies involved in the workings of mediated scenarios.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalFutures The journal of policy, planning and futures studies
    Volume70
    Pages (from-to)24-35
    Number of pages12
    ISSN0016-3287
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Scenarios
    • Art/science
    • Design fiction

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