Introduction: design anthropological futures

Kjærsgaard, Mette Gislev, Halse, Joachim, Smith, Rachel Charlotte, Vangkilde, Kasper Tang, Binder, Thomas, and Otto, Ton (2016) Introduction: design anthropological futures. In: Smith, Rachel Charlotte, Vangkilde, Kasper Tang, Kjærsgaard, Mette Gislev, Otto, Ton, Halse, Joachim, and Binder, Thomas, (eds.) Design Anthropological Futures. Bloomsbury, London, UK, pp. 1-16.

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[Extract] The future is here. Or so it has often been proclaimed by futurologists, scientists and engineers, as the fruits of science labs and cutting-edge technological gadgets are showcased, promising to make our lives more productive and more enjoyable. The public facade of design shows grand visions of future possibilities, yet every imperfect Now is also the concrete instantiation of what was once a vision of a bright future. Envisioned futures, as Bell and Dourish (2007) remind us, tend to differ radically from how they eventually unfold in the situatedness of people's lives. The future is not an empty space awaiting projected visions from an incomplete present; neither is it a predefined destination that we can simply foresee and arrive at in due time (Yelavich and Adams 2014; Maze, this volume}. Rather than seeing the future as a separate space or time, design anthropologists in this book engage with the future as a multiplicity of ideas, critiques and potentialities that are embedded in the narratives, objects and practices of our daily lives. In this sense, multiple, often conflicting, futures are always already here as part of a continuously unfolding present and past.

Item ID: 46541
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 987-1-4742-8062-4
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2016 04:47
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
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