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Weekly Events 6/10 - 6/16

Hey SciFly Readers!

It's finally it that time, time for PRIMER19!

As you know, I have been helping to co-organize PRIMER for the last year, and I'm super excited it is just around the corner!

So this week, I'm going to give you a final round-up of PRIMER related events. Definitely check out the workshops and Pre-PRIMER meetup! You can attend both without coming to the rest of the conference, so great for those on a budget!

Also, we still need some VOLUNTEERS for the conference, so score a free ticket, get a cool t-shirt, and sign up to work some shifts!

There is a 50/50 chance that SciFly will NOT come out next week, depending on how utterly exhausted I am from hosting a 4 day event. I'll try my best!

Hope to see you at the festivities!!!

PRIMER19 Rundown


Wednesday 6/12 - Pre-PRIMER Meetup at RLab!

Come join us at RLab for a special NYC Speculative Futures Pre-PRIMER Meetup! We will have talks, panelists, and some amazing live-coded music/art from Andrew Cotter and Zach Krall!!! It will def be a super fun night, so come join us! Tickets are $25 or free for PRIMER attendees.
Register Here

Thursday & Friday 6/13 - 6/14 - PRIMER19 Conference

This year's conference theme, FUTURES FOR ALL, highlights the wisdom and power of creating diverse spaces for interrogating the 'inevitable'. We are bringing together participants from across industries and academia to share ideas, methods and projects that examine the reciprocal relationship between design, the world we live in, and the futures we want. Tickets range from $100 - $400.

Speakers Include:

... and many more!

Register Here!!!

Saturday - PRIMER Workshops

Join us Saturday for a whole day full of workshops! Check out the details below. Anyone can register for a workshop, even if you aren't attending the rest of PRIMER.
The Future is Human: A Toolkit for Progress
Andrés Valencia

This workshop is designed to share a toolkit to positively change the way people think, act and feel about the futures. Valencia and his team generate diegetic prototypes that can potentially become a next generation of innovations for human progress. Note: This workshop and its content will be presented in Spanish.

Register Here
Wicked Opportunities: Innovation Through Foresight
Frank Spencer

In this presentation, futurist and strategist Frank Spencer will explain the influence, trajectory and purpose of complexity, rightly reframing our intricate interconnections and emerging patterns as a sign of increasing maturity and shifting abundance for all of humanity.

Register Here

Making Futures: Dissonance and Discrimination
Bruce Tharp, Stephanie Tharp & Deepa Butoliya

This workshop will introduce key dimensions for creating speculative futures work that participants will apply to new design proposals. They will also be empathetically exposed to examples that lead to understanding inclusive and diverse perspectives of our collective futures.

Register Here!
Disruptive Modeling for Higher Education
Elliott P. Montgomery, David Baum, Danni Peng, & Meghana Srinivasan

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a new speculative approach for constructing potentially disruptive education models through three parts. In part one, participants will engage with a survey of experimental higher-ed proposals that challenge current models across 8 categories. In part two, the workshop will demonstrate assessment tools for locating structural weaknesses in current systems. In part three, participants will build on the first two parts to formulate a speculative educational model that demonstrates a disruptive pathway.

Register Here!

Platforms and Their Protagonists
Pierre Shaw & Kishan San

The School of Speculation (SOS) will guide participants through an exciting world-building exercise in which we will analyse some of the most successful digital platforms operations before speculating on a near future and it’s altered social and political environment. We will fill our future worlds with the objects and media that make it a critical comment on the workshops findings. 

Register Here!
Impact The World Isn't Ready For
Chirryl-Lee Ryan

What are the consequences of design, and who is responsible? Great design happens with the best of intentions, but even ‘good' design doesn't always go according to plan. How can people involved in the process of designing products and services future proof outcomes and anticipate unknowns, so that what gets made doesn’t end up in the design dumpster? During this speculative, ontological design workshop, we’ll use impact as seriously fun lens to think about the consequences of what we design.

Register Here
2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar: An Exercise in Things Taken Too Far
Laura Allcorn

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to actively participate in a Black Mirror episode, and dreamt of staging your own Participatory Satire as a radical approach to speculative design, this is the event for you. Step into 2022: Gait Augmentation Seminar. This experimental session is equal parts participatory performance and workshop. Attendees will be invited to participate in a Gait Augmentation Seminar—a ‘Participatory Satire’ about privacy and disguising your walk. 

Register Here!
Automated Control Wars
Grace Turtle & Andreu Belsunces

Automated Control Wars is a collaborative-fiction pop-up research space, exploring emerging scenarios pulsating on our present, where different ideological agendas and understanding of what technology, humans and nature could and should be, are confronted, in struggle to define their place in a possible future.

Register Here!
Plasticity & Social Dreaming: Bioplastics & Biology-inspired Prototyping
Leticia Cartier Oxley

Combining biology and speculative design, this workshop looks at prototyping as a communicative tool and rehearsal of situations. Learning to create a new bioplastic alongside a proposed scenario, this workshop questions what can be learned from material explorations and design as a method of inquiry.

Register Here!

PRIMER19 Conference Tees


We are offering a special LIMITED RUN of PRIMER19 conference tees, available in white/silver or a special white/rainbow World pride edition.

Order yours today and pick up at the conference! Limited quantities available! Shipping available.

Get your tee!

That's it everyone. Read on to see the events and I'll see you all soon - if I make it! 😂

"The future is here, now let's distribute it." 

Doc Martens

SciFly is a design studio dedicated to leveraging speculative design and science fiction to imagine and prototype alternative futures enabled by today's emerging technology.


Monday | 6/10

Tuesday | 6/11

Wednesday | 6/12

Thursday | 6/13

Friday | 6/14

Saturday | 6/15

Sunday | 6/16

  • La Luna @ Knockdown Center // QN // $62 - $125

OnGoing [classes, exhibits, shows etc.]


What I'm Reading

Here is a quick snapshot of my favorite books, podcasts, and articles this week.

The Power
by Naomi Alderman

Logitech made a VR stylus you can use on a table or in the air
by Jon Porter

As Walmart turns to robots, it’s the human workers who feel like machines
by Drew Harwell

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