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Speculative Design: Afrofuturist and Indigenous Projections

She Carries the Water by Elizabeth La Pensee.
She Carries the Water by Elizabeth La Pensee.
, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL | Photograph: Elizabeth La Pensee.

This event brought together researchers and practitioners whose work engages with the themes of Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futures.

2 May 2018

It also looked at other emerging areas of science-fictional / future-orientated cultural practice in which people of colour, indigenous cultures and non-Western subjects take centre stage.

Speculative design was addressed in terms of its ability to raise problems, rather than solve them. As a tool for speculation, it opens up spaces for presenting problems, to model alternatives, and to generate imaginative responses. It was explored in relation to cultural practices including art, comics and science fiction writing.

Convened by Dr Dan Byrne-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts.


Professor Julian Henriques, Kelly Kanayama, Natascha Nanji, Florence Okoye, Skawennati.