"... to be in the middle of a sound that's moving..."
Speculative scenarios are often unusual, curious, occasionally even disturbing, but desirable and attractive prompts that create the suspension of disbelief about change. They are open-ended, offer the audience the possibility of personal interpretation, and frequently include humor, which activates the audience on an emotional and intellectual level, in a way similar to literature and film.
Here are prompts that could rescue you during Phase 1 of time traveling: scenario design. This one is from one of us:
A piece prototyped in real time by a crew of time travelers during a performance to explore the spirits of creation and communitas. This is the auditory scenario of when robotics was born.
Phase 3 of time traveling is about rapid-prototyping. This is how we make artifacts rapidly, how prototyping works at The Time Travel Agency, or how this weird stuff is created.
In speculative design we communicate ideas with artifacts. During rapid prototyping we think with our hands and build physical or digital objects that contain a fiction, a scenario, a challenge inside that scenario, and a proposed answer.
When working in a group setup our job is to make links between the participants’ perspectives, helping them build on each other’s ideas.
Here’s an example of an artifact: The ‘Naturlige Cyklus Symphony’ is an artifact created during our Ecofeminist Field Trips for Talk Town Festival Copenhagen 2020. We proposed that travelers imagined story continuums (”What else from this piece can be speculated on?”) to two influential ecofeminist art pieces. We of course encourage you to read about the project but we really hope you just sit for a bit and listen to “a piece made to protect the changes of the seasons through understanding the tipping points of cycles.”
What we see when we aren’t seeing into a specific project.
As you noticed, this time travel transmission is based in sounds. Next on the list is the documentary Sisters with Transistors, about “the untold story of electronic music's female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to transform how we produce and listen to music today.”
Listen to scenes of women protecting their art and visions.
From our community!
Aloïs Yang presents The Star Light Collection, primarily a fictional sonification project, based in a design object, that draws parallels between the interaction of stellar bodies to musical performance.