Jan 28: Examples from class

Dunne & Raby. Chapter 5 A Methodological Playground Fictional Worlds and Thought Experiments

Fictional Worlds

Matthew Barney, Cremaster Cycle (2002) | Guggenheim Press Release

Jaime Hayon, The Fantasy Collection (2008)

Reductio Ad Absurdum

Thomas Thwaites, The Toaster Project (2009)


James Chambers, Attenborough Design Group (2010)

–        Radio Sneezing

–        Hard Drive Standing

Sascha Pohflepp, The Golden Institute (2009).

–        Painting of a Geoengineered Lightning Storm over Golden, Colorado

–        El Camino Lightning Harvester Modification

–        Model of an Induction Loop-equipped Chuck’s Café Franchise by Interstate 5, Colorado


Atelier Van Lieshout, SlaveCityCradle to Cradle (2005)

Science fiction

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)

George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

Extrapolation: neoliberal


Philip K. Dick | Simon Critchley, Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Philosopher, from New York Times, 2012

Frederik Pohl & Cyril M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants (1952)

George Saunders, Pastoralia (2000)

Brett Easton Ellis, American Psycho (1991) | Brett Easton Ellis Answers Critics of “American Psycho’, New York Times, 1991.

Douglas Coupland‘s writings.

Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story (2010)

Julian Barnes, England England (1998)

Will Ferguson, Happiness (2003)

Ben Elton, Blind Faith (2007)


Idiocracy (2006)

WALL-E (2008)

Chanel Four television, Black Mirror (2012) | Andy Greenwald, Through a Glass Darkly, 2013.

Ideas as stories

Francis Spufford, Red Plenty (2010)

Ben Nicholson, The World, Who Wants It? (2004)

Justin McGuirk, The Post-spectacular Economy (2011)

Dougal Dixon, After Man-A Zoology of the Future (1981)

Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2004)

Will Self, The Book of Dave (2006)

China Mieville, The City and the City (2009)

Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (2010)

Thought Experiments

Edwin Abbott, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884)


John Wyndham

Yorgos Lanthimos, Dog Tooth (2009)

Atelier Van Lieshout, SlaveCity–Cradle to Cradle (2005)

Atelier Van Lieshout, Welcoming Center (2007)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s