Workshop: Let’s shape! Defining the new normal

Speculative design lab in the frame of Ars Electronica 2019 Campus Exhibition + discussions “The Messy Shape of Problems” Exhibition + discussions of the Academic Design Network Austria,

Saturday, 7th September 2019, 1:45 – 5:15 pm, Postcity 4020 Linz

Imagine our daily lives in 2040. When you come home non-human actors welcome you subtly stimulating your mood after having detected it. Some of them have already become part of our bodies and minds constantly updating other entities. Most of the technological artifacts we use have specific ideals considering models of co- existence inscribed. But how should our desirable futures look and feel like? Which aspects of existence do we want to focus on? And which values are they based on?

Which roles do we want to assign to the technological artifacts and how do they – vice versa – shape us by affecting the way we communicate and perceive ourselves and others?Investigate and visualize possible ways  of co-existing in pleasant symbiosis with our intelligent artefacts.

»The Parliament of Things« is just around the corner.
Let’s have fun with prototyping the new normal!

Ars Electronica 2019 \ Workshop: Let’s shape! Defining the new normal \ Margarita Köhl & Marianne Lechner
Dr. Margarita Köhl’s research focuses on affective aspects of technology appropriation as well as intercultural design. She is a professor for digital communication at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg.
Marianne Lechner is a specialist in user experience. She teaches UX/UI as an associate professor at the Institute of Visual Communication of the University of Art and Design Linz.