Future, Fire, Fiction—storytelling workshop for imagining future technologies through design justice and Indigenous philosophy
Design practitioner and community organizer Una Lee and artist and composer Suzanne Kite (Kite), tell stories about the past, present, and future, and invite participants to do the same, asking: Which technologies will we need in the future? Which technologies do we want in the future? How can we design these technologies in a good way—a way that is just and equitable? Through collaborative exchange, participants are invited to improvise and reimagine material sustainability and reciprocity.
Image Credit: Kite, “Listener,” 2018. Performance documentation. Photo by vog.photo. Courtesy of the artist.
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Kite a.k.a. Suzanne Kite (Oglála Lakȟóta, born in Sylmar, CA, USA; lives in Montreal, QC, Canada) is a performance artist, visual artist, and composer. She is a graduate of Bard MFA Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson and a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Montreal. Kite is also a Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures and a 2019 Trudeau Scholar. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota epistemologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice.
Una Lee (born in Vancouver, BC, Canada; lives in Vermont, USA) is a Vermont-based, Korean-Canadian design practitioner, collaborative design facilitator, and community organizer. Through her practice and organizing work, she attempts to use design to build the world we need, while also pushing the design field to be accountable for its impact on the world we live in. Lee is the creative director of the co-design studio And Also Too and design director at Allied Media Projects. She founded the Consentful Tech Project and is a co-founder and steering committee member of the international Design Justice Network. She has been a visiting designer at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Cambridge, US; a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Technology, Society, and Policy; and recipient of a Royal Society of Arts award.