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On Friday 29th June, A Toolkit for the Future at the V&A asked thinkers and makers to question dominant futures and imagine alternative worlds, sharing perspectives on technology, politics, and speculative design. Speakers include: An Xiao Mina, Matt Jones, Jonas Staal, Kei Kreutler, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Bethan Wolfenden, Anab Jain and Luiza Prado.
On Saturday 30 June, A Toolkit for the Future continued with a day of speculative design workshops in partnership with the London College of Fashion’s Arts Programme at their East London project space Arcade East. This day also acted as the starting point for a summer season of exploratory workshops and speculative installations and discussions by artists, designers and students around the theme of Sustainability and Innovation at Arcade East.
Digital Learning Lab
In this workshop by Brazilian collective A Parede, participants were asked to bring one or two human-made artifacts, signifying WORK and LABOUR according to their own, subjective interpretations of these words.
Participants started by unpacking and mapping the networks that inform the existence of these artifacts in the world, with particular focus on colonial power structures followed by speculating on how possible re-contextualisation could alter these relationships, and for whom.
The Open Space Observatory is an initiative for gatherings and infrastructure for the observation of satellites, spacecraft, and space junk. Satellites encircle our skies and critically support our infrastructure. While we’ve read the position of the stars for centuries, satellites and their relation to one another has remained more opaque.
The Satellogy workshop hosted by Kei Kreutler, Louis Center & Cory Levinson of Open Space Observatory, explored and invented different methodologies to read the history behind satellites, writing speculative fictions and produced a collaborative wiki of satellite constellations and their rumored origins.
Mare Street gardens
Can eating bring us closer to our bodies? How can food work as an empowering tool? What can it teach us about who we are, where we come from or where we’re going?
FERMEN-TOUR or How to stop burning your onions was a performative, edible installation by Inês Neto dos Santos exploring fermentation and other food processes as a metaphor for collaborative practices, community living and autonomy. Through a virtually carbon-neutral process, this project presented fermented foods as the ultimate site-specific pieces, using millennium-old techniques to question our current and future relationship to food.
Mare Street cutting room
Advancements in biotechnology are providing us with a new perspective on what it is to be human – that we are in fact an ecosystem made up of trillions of micro-organisms which live within and on our bodies. Not only that, they extend beyond our skin forming invisible clouds of microbes, called microbial plumes.
The microbial plume is unique to each of us. As we interact with our surroundings, we leave behind parts of it, making it possible to trace it back to each person’s unique identity, where we have been, who have we been with, and our microbial make up.
Participants in this workshop, led by LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery Designers in Reseidence Nestor Pestana and Deborah Tchoudjinoff, explored how fashion practices can be used to instigate new forms of interaction based on how this information is shared.
A Toolkit for the Future – is a conference at the V&A followed by day of speculative design workshops at LCF’s project space Arcade East. The project at Arcade East is curated in collaboration with the V&A’s The Future Starts Here exhibition curator Mariana Pestana.
About LCF’s Arcade East Summer Season
Arcade East, London College of Fashion’s new project space, was developed to host a themed season of events and installations with a focus on digital practice and innovation each summer as part of a new LCF Arts Programme. From June to September we invite the public to join us for a wide range of activities that playfully look at provenance, space junk, speculative biodesign, non-western narratives and the future of fashion at large.