Untangling Alternative Futures

Thursday 24th June 2021, 10:00 — 13:00

Part of a series of RCA 2021 Graduate Show events examining critical perspectives on technology

How might critical engagement with technology help us generate meaningful conversations around notions of desirable futures?

This hands-on workshop aims to spark intreague into ways in which technology––in its broadest sense––can help us imagine and define our own visions for what our collective world could look like.

We ask: what futures are we orienting ourselves towards, propelled by what values? What technologies can help us manifest these visions? And what might be the implications of their existence?

As we dig into these questions we will share tools and methods, encourage dreaming, and hold space for constructive conversation to help bring your ideas to life.

This 3-part workshop includes:

1. Setting the Frame

An introduction to terms, contexts, and drivers. Discussions and warm up exercises will get our creative powers flowing. Prompts will be created around notions of desirable futures.

2. Rapid Prototyping

Low-Fi development of objects in response to prompt. Quick, simple mockups will help bring your ideas to life. Materials will be provided.

3. Presentation and Discussion

Objects are presented and animated within your future context. Share what you’ve made and how it engages with the world. Feedback and questions from the group will help build rich conversion around your vision.


No prior experience required! Snacks and tea provided! We look forward to meeting you and learning with you.

Getting There:

The event is based in Makerversity in the basement of Somerset House. To access, go to the New Wing Reception (on Lancaster Place following on from Waterloo Bridge) and we will collect you just prior to the start time.

Covid Secure Guidlines:

Please note that face coverings should be worn at all times in Somerset House.

Thursday 24th June 2021
10:00 — 13:00

New Wing, Somerset House
West Goods Service Yard, Victoria Embankment