Restless Futures Conference

Event Date: 11 June 2015
Platform Theatre
Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
1 Granary Square, King’s Cross,
London N1C 4AA



Central St Martins presents:

Restless Futures

 ‘How do we live in an age of extraordinary change in which the futures opening up before us are uncertain and volatile’

The Restless Futures Conference is the culmination of a 12-month programme of events organised by Central Saint Martins and is a rare and unique opportunity to listen and meet a world-class group of experts and speakers from the worlds of art, design, music, performance, environmentalism, architecture, urbanism and public policy. The programme is basedon the premise that we live in an age of extraordinary change in which the futures opening up before us are uncertain and volatile. What is clear is that the standard ways of thinking and acting are not sufficient to deal with emerging societal issues and in many cases are failing us. Against this, art and design thinking, with its contingent, speculative and lateral modes of operation, is perfectly placed to develop new ways of approaching these restless futures.

This day-long event has more than 20 renowned national and international contributors, including novelist, director, actor and comedian Stella Duffy; writer, cultural commentator and award-winning broadcaster Ekow Eshun; founding partner of muf architects Liza Fior; award winning designer Usman Haque, founder of the Internet of Things & Umbrellium; Director of Somerset House Jonathan Reekie; authority on cultural policy and Director of SESC Sao Paulo, Danilo Santos de Miranda and world-leading author, sociologist and urbanist Richard Sennett, Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. These speakers are joined by many other artists, academics, designers, performers, entrepreneurs and thinkers.



No More Stuff?

Chaired by Jeremy Till (Head of Central Saint Martins), with:
Michelle Baddeley (University College London)
Orsola de Castro (Pioneer in Sustainable Fashion)
Cecilie Elisabeth Rudolph (Designer and Artist)
Ekow Eshun (Writer and Broadcaster)
Sanjay Nazerali (Global Chief Strategy Officer – Dentsu Aegis Network)
Alice Sherwood (Kings Policy Institute)
Clare Twomey (Artist)


Democratising Innovation

Chaired by Lorraine Gamman (Professor of Design, CSM), with:
Ian Goldin (Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin school, University of Oxford)
Danilo Santos de Miranda (Regional Director of SESC São Paulo)
Timothy Klofski (MA Communication Design, CSM)


Disruptive Technologies

Chaired by Carole Collet (Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, CSM), with:
Peter Gregson (Cellist and Composer)
Usman Haque (Founder – Umbrellium)
Amy Congdon (Tutor, MA Material Futures CSM)
Serena Kutchinsky (Digital Editor of Prospect)


Expanded Boundaries

Chaired by Mark Dunhill (Dean of Academic Programmes, CSM), with:
David Buckland (Artistic Director of Cape Farewell)
Gigi Barker (Cast of Creatives)
Stella Duffy (Co-director of Fun Places)
Liza Fior (muf Architecture)
Anna Hart & Tilly Fowler (AIR)
Rob Kesseler (UAL Chair of Design and Science)
Jonathan Reekie (Artistic Director of Somerset House)
Richard Sennett (Sociologist)


Closing remarks by Jeremy Till (Head of Central Saint Martins):




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