This might be the general gist of the whole lecture…….or was it not ? I am still a little perplexed by the things shown in this lecture and the way they were presented . With all due respect to Joshua’s achievements and intelligence, I don’t see the point of this lecture. Are we here to look at ‘cool stuff’ coming out of a talented artist’s hopes, desires and sensitivities or are we here to understand what is and what is not design fiction ?
“You could do anything you want”…..A lot of the time what I heard in the lecture from Joshua …sounds like a common motivational american slogan for budding young minds and a whole lot of juxtapostion of what ‘he’ likes to do just because he can ( he said that too)…there was some expected response from the class…
“Yeah it is cool!!!” ( head nodding cool )
My argument is not to invalidate his work and show how ignorant I am but to really understand what was the takeaway from this class other than being exposed to work of one of the prominent artist and faculty from Art department. There are blurred lines in the realm of Speculative Design, Critical Design and Design Fictions but there are definitely boundaries set when it comes to create a socio-cultural critique thorugh speculating artifacts/visions and creating ‘art’. Design fictions walks on the fine line of art but this practice is not similar to creating art in my understanding. There is a lot of precedence of art work that could be counted as Design Fiction and vice-a-versa but we (post modern humans or contemporary fictioneers) want to change that notion not promote it.
Another critique I would offer is that artists often have this (pretentious) artist statements about the artwork or affect it would create but they operate from a very high level isolated perspective ( as per my limited understanding of art) and a normative fact is that it is hard to understand the artist statement let alone understand the art.
What sort of societal change it would create when it entails a crytic description and would involve tha artist to make you FEEL something by drowning you in the myriad notions of concepts embedded in that artifact ?