Lucy McRae / Body Architect
Terrifying scenarios excite this science fiction artist
It’s not often that artists are called visionaries, but Vice in collaboration with IBM have bestowed that honour on our very own science fiction artist Lucy McRae. Lucy sees personal goals as training for a black belt, except her’s isn’t just a piece of fabric, it’s outer space, and in order to get there ‘you’ve got get all your different colours’ first. This methodical way of thinking is integral to her final goal as she sees all her projects leading up to her final ‘black belt’: these projects include The Future Day Spa and The Institute of Isolation, the latter being an experiment to condition the body for space and understand how we will react to being alone in space. Lucy’s work heads for the stars in it’s speculative thinking; and given that Elon Musk plans to colonise Mars in the near future, Lucy’s work will soon become a reality and we’re proud that she’s the one asking the questions. ’Could isolation be considered a future human capacity’? We’ll have to wait and see, although we do know that no one can hear you scream in space, but can you hear ‘Wax on, Wax off’?
Liam Young / Technology Storyteller
UAV, an Unmanned Ariel Vehicle or the latest creative tool?
Technology storyteller and provocateur Liam Young has been incredibly busy creating and disrupting with a show at the prestigious Architectural Association, a book series and a new film called ‘In The Robot Skies’, the first ever science fiction film to be shot entirely with autonomous pre-programmed drones. It premiered at London’s BFI during their internationally acclaimed film festival on the 8th of October, with an original score by electronic producer Forest Swords, this mixture of trip hop and romantic dystopia simply cannot be missed. Liam’s exhibition ‘Unknown Fields: The Dark Side Of The City’ takes you on a journey through a city that stretches to the ends of earth; using speculation, reimagined landscapes and toxic objects he calls into question our relationship with technology and the materials used to create it. It’ll make you question the material history of that piece of tech in your pocket, and who knows, maybe that chocolate bar too.
Nelly Ben Hayoun / Wired Innovation Fellow
The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking.
The title says it all. Once again Nelly’s imagination is let loose and this time it’s space that’ll have to try and contain it, luckily for us it’s limitless so she’ll have all the room she needs. Her latest project seeks to ‘question humanity’s place in the universe’, as part of this on going expedition she went down 11km in a submersible in search of types of life that we can send to outer space for our future space colonisation; she also consulted top researchers and scientists as well as channeling the explorer spirit of our Viking forbears, obviously. This project seeks to merge the fields of astrobiology, terraforming and the research of extremophiles to truly question how we explore deep space. On another cosmic, but more musical note, the International Space Orchestra (founded by Nelly), has just played at The Hollywood Bowl to a crowd of 17,500 while supporting the Icelandic super group Sigor Rós. Nelly’s film will be out in 2017.
“En fleira er mönnum til hugganar en fébætur einar.”
Julie Freeman / TED Senior Fellow & Tech Innovator
What’s small, pink, lives for over 30 years and almost never gets cancer?
A sabre-toothed sausage, or…. a naked mole rat. For the past few years Julie Freeman has been studying and collecting data on these science fiction-esque creatures, now all this work has culminated in a show that she’s curated at Somerset House, one of London’s top arts and cultural centres. Julie’s installation ‘A Naked Mole-Rat Eutopia’ will feature several works that use live data streamed straight from mole rate colonies, this data will then make abstract silicone sculptures move and dance, as well as visualising it on screens. This installation is here to question whether society is becoming ‘eusocial’; and how different social structures may change politics, art and religion and ultimately our lives. Go along to Somerset House to find out more and to embrace these bizarre creatures as our potential saviours. The installation is part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility and runs from 10-16 October 2016, daily 10.00-18.00.
Dr Leyla Acaroglu / Social Scientist And Sustainability Provocateur
It’s easy to demonise the plastic bag, but put that hate on hold and listen to what the Doctor has to say.
Only when the last tree has died and
The last river has been poisoned and
The last fish has been caught,
Will we realise that
We cannot eat money.
- 19th century Cree Indian Proverb
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu is a TED speaker and an expert of lifecycles and systems in design, production and consumption; her insight into the design industry really questions what an eco product is and how it can be truly environmentally friendly. It turns out it isn't just what it’s made from, Leyla describes how designers need to create behavior-changing products, systems or services that intervene and solve these problems up front. This is a ground breaking way of thinking as it focuses our attention on the holistic life of the product and not just its immediate presence in our lives. Leyla is a voice that’s changing the industry and the planet for the better, so we’re very proud that she’s part of the Propela team.
Alexa Clay / Chief Misft And Culture Hacker
Smoke signals are being sent up for the 'NEOTRIBE Cook Book'
Alexa Clay’s cookbook will serve as a toolkit, aggregating the best practices that leading innovators, designers, as well many others can apply to their own work. The ‘recipes’ inside will be written by leading and diverse ‘Neo-Tribes’ and will features themes related to community building and experience design to name but a few. This will be a must have in the post Great British Bake Off Landscape, explore and take part now.
The Future Of / Our New Ground Breaking Conference
Where do you go to meet the people rewriting the manual for spaceship earth?
Answer: ’The Future of’. This was Propela’s inaugural talk series that gathered 7 of the most progressive thinkers from across the art and design world and put them in a room together at London’s top tech venue. The Flux Lounge was the perfect setting for these mavericks to flex their grey matter and get the audience involved with shaping the future; from hacking other peoples bodies to changing the status quo forever, there was a brilliant amount information to draw on and be inspired by. The sold out event had the likes of The British Council, Swarovski, Google, V&A, WGSN, Stella McCartney, Crafts Council, Sky Arts (Italy), and Design Indaba (South Africa) in attendance. Further proof that our conference is the place to go when you want to see what the future holds, but more importantly, to be part of it. Don’t get left behind in this new ‘Anthropocene epoch’, come to the next ‘The Future of’ event and experience it for yourself. Details coming soon.
Creative Caffeine / The Projects That Keep Us Going
Music, tech and fashion collide to create the “Dress of The Future” in this ethereal video.
Gwendoline Christie stands tall in this virtual world built by Barnaby Roper and Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen. Roper’s vision of a future dress growing out of nature was realised after meeting with Iris and witnessing her organic fashion designs first hand. Van Hepern’s dress creeps and crawls out of the ground and covers Gwendoline in a ghoulishly beautiful structure, transforming this fashion muse into a work of art.