Know then thyself: Art-science collaborations as a source of reflection — by Ekaterina Volkova & Julien F. Thomas

'Friends of the Future' Seminar

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Join us on 30 November for an engaging Friends of the Future seminar with artists Ekaterina Volkova and Julien F. Thomas. Together they make up Perception Design Studio, a social and graphic design bureau that explores the role of creative practices to assist scientist and policymakers. Guided by Maarten Hajer and Detlef van Vuuren, they collaborated with Lisette van Beek to produce a Future Manual for Future Models. Register for this seminar by emailing Timothy Stacey:

Art-science collaborations are often pitched as a means for improving communication between scientists and the public. Conversely, the collaborative journey between the Urban Futures Studio and two artists suggests that a key insight from collaborations between scientists and artists is the chance for each party to critically reflect on their assumptions and practices.

About Ekaterina Volkova & Julien F. Thomas

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Ekaterina Volkova (1992, RU) is an artist and interactive media designer exploring critical making as a response to large-scale political issues. Through her work, she brings together material, visual, and codified strategies to explore issues of democracy, conflict, diaspora and labour.

Julien Thomas (1986, CA) is an artist exploring thresholds between the spoken and the unspoken. He creates performative installations in which the dynamics of objects and spaces are explored and discerned through movement, rhythm, sound, and voice.

Together they collaborate as the Perception Design Studio, a social and graphic design bureau that explores the role of creative practices to assist policymakers. They design interventions that include physical objects, mental models, and infographics in order to instigate sense-making within policy situations.

About 'Friends of the Future'

The Friends of the Future seminars are the Urban Futures Studio’s take on public seminars: warm, interactive, and focused on hope. Each month, we invite an academic, activist, artist, or practitioner to chat with us on the sofa in front of a circle of colleagues and guests. All are welcome.

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Urban Futures Studio (VMA 1.02)
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