Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures

Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures book cover. Cover image: Photograph © 2002 Jorge Dragón & Carlos Canal from the ‘el viaje’ section (the trip) of the work ‘Presunciones y apariencias: El coleccionista de miradas’ (Presumptions and appearances: The collector of gazes) – an album of retrieved and redetermined exposures originally rejected from a photography lm processing laboratory in Andalusia, Spain.

My new book Speculative Research (edited with Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten) is out next month, published as part of the Routledge CRESC series.

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Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process

I have recently accepted the role of Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) alongside Michael Guggenheim and Marsha Rosengarten. I have been a member of CSISP, hosted by the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, since its inception in 2004, which was established by its first Director Andrew Barry and has previously been directed by Mariam Motamedi-Fraser, Mike Michael and Noortje Marres.

Practice Research: Biographies, Beginnings and Futures

Goldsmiths is hosting a Design Star PhD training event entitled ‘Practice Research: Biographies Beginnings & Futures‘. The event takes place on Wednesday the 4th of November (2015) and precedes the PhD by Design conference, also being held at Goldsmiths. The afternoon of activities includes a session devoted to the presentation of practice-based design research followed by a chaired session (by Mathilda Tham, Goldsmiths) where Lina Hakim (V&A, London) and Alex Taylor (Microsoft Research) will talk about their careers in different areas of design research.

Practice Research: Biographies, Beginnings and Futures

The photograph (© Matteo Cremonini 2015) featured in the poster depicts an extraction unit, part of the project Geomerce, where metal particles are extracted from plants and cross-referenced with real-time price indexes. The Geomerce project forms part of Gionata Gatto’s doctoral research and was exhibited at Salone del Mobile, Milan 2015, at the ErreCi photo-studios.