Idea Engine


Inventing the Future: Keynote + Panel
9:45 AM09:45

Inventing the Future: Keynote + Panel

Andre Baynes and Chiedza Pasipanodya will be speaking about the Hacking Black Futures Exhibition. We will also be part of a panel exploring how artists and designers can shape our perception of the future.

@ MUTEK Festival 2018 in Montreal.

Event Description:

From the gleaming perfection of the new products showcased at an Apple keynote to Black Mirror’s cruel techno-dystopias — visions of the future are cultural currency. Technology companies and science fiction writers are not the only entities that define our conception of the future though, creatives can play a vital role. This session will be kickstarted by a keynote that catalogues the deep strangeness of our current moment — evidence of the future leaking into the present — and followed by a pair of case studies that illustrate how artists and designers can shape our perception of what may lie ahead.

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3D Modelling for Living Systems
1:00 PM13:00

3D Modelling for Living Systems


The proliferation of digital fabrication tools (CNC milling, laser cutting and 3D printing) have provided small communities the opportunity to produce technological enhancements -- improving our own livelihood. Access to these technologies continue to reduce our dependence on exploitative industrial processes while maintaining a high level of precision, consistency and quality. Problems which arise from industrialized production could be solved by empowering community makers to control the systems that drive our local infrastructure.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to turn concepts into computer models for 3D printing. The workshop will equip students with the fundamentals of constructing “watertight” print (“Watertight” is a term used to describe a 3D mesh suitable for 3D printing.)

Skills learned:
Intro to 3D modelling for 3D printing
Basics of spline modelling
Software tools for working with digital fabrication

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Hacking Black Futures Exhibition
to Jan 21

Hacking Black Futures Exhibition

This exhibition presents design speculations on Black centric societies that are devoid of oppression, discrimination, and systemic issues. What do these societies look like? How do they function? How can these futures be achieved? How do we deconstruct and remove colonial influence from our ideas surrounding the future? This exhibition will be an opportunity to explore these questions in an immersive and collaborative space.

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