International Keynote: Dunne & Raby, Not Here, Not Now [Melbourne]
International Keynote: Dunne & Raby, Not Here, Not Now [Melbourne]

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Thursday May 25, 2023
6:00 PM


Clemenger Auditorium, NGV
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria

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Marc Ethan & Leah Collins

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Join world-renowned British duo Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby as they bring their ground-breaking perspective on contemporary design to Melbourne Design Week. Designers Dunne & Raby are well known for drawing attention to the concept of “speculative design” which proposes a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas. Join the duo as they introduce Australia to their latest design project Not Here, Not Now in which they explore fictional objects for an alternative world.

“As designers, when we design for the ‘not here, not now’ our work is by default, relocated to a ‘future’. Particularly if technology is involved. But futures are just one way of framing the not here and not now. And not always the most helpful for the kind of work we do. In contrast to futurology, future studies, and foresight which all attempt to mitigate risk in the face of uncertainty, or to identify preferred futures, the not here, not now is a place for thought experiments that explore alternative values and worldviews made concrete through the design of everyday things. A place to explore different ways of being in the world and how things could be otherwise. Not as prescription, but as prompt.” – Dunne & Raby

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