Lecture Theatre, V&A
On 22 September, a singing cactus, a toaster with character and an intrepid suit took to the podium alongside designers, curators and theorists, inviting us to imagine a future world populated by smart objects. The Object Agency provides professional representation for smart objects.
We might live in a future where fridges, lamp posts and pot plants seem to think for themselves. To thrive as a human in this world would mean forming new kinds of relationships with these objects: what happens when your fridge passes comments on your diet, or a lamp post witnesses a crime?
'Agency' describes the power and ability to act. More playfully, as the things we design for ourselves become smarter, more intelligent and more interactive, they’re going to demand agency representation for their professional skills!
This event was curated by Cher Potter, V&A/LCF Research Fellow
- 10.30am - 11.30am: Introduction by Cher Potter and Lina Hakim
The day’s curator, LCF/V&A Joint Research Fellow Cher Potter explained the ideas and objects that linked the talks and seminars together and discussed new object typologies in the museum context. She was followed at 11am by cultural theorist Lina Hakim who described the ‘social life of things’, giving a material culture perspective on smart technologies.
- 12pm - 12.45pm: Ilona Gaynor
We heard from Ilona Gaynor, a London based designer and filmmaker. She discussed the role of design within the legal system, and the idea of objects acting as witnesses in the courtroom.
- 1.45pm - 2.30pm: Thomas Thwaites
We heard from Thomas Thwaites, a London based designer and writer. His recent work investigated the ways in which designed objects can extend and transform the experience of being human.
- 2.45pm - 3.45pm: Alain Bellet
We heard from Alain Bellet, a Lausanne-based designer and lecturer at ECAL. He discussed recent student projects that do away with the frictionless hopes of the ‘smart home’ and instead includes a series of impudent and uncanny products.
The event was followed at 4pm by a ticketed lecture from Yves Behar, Creative Director of Jawbone.
Credit: 'Cactunes' by ECAL/Pierre Charreau, Martin Hertig, Pauline Lemberger. Image: ECAL/Axel Crettenand & Sylvain Aebischer