Radical Technologies

- with Adam Greenfield, Miriam Rasch & Tamar Shafrir

  • Debate
  • Lecture

Date: Thursday 25.10.18
Time: 20:00 (doors: 19:00)
Location: Roodkapje, Delftseplein 39
Admission: € 10,00 (€ 6,00 for students)
Language: English

On the 25th of October leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield will visit De Dépendance for a lecture and public debate on his latest book Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life. The lecture will be followed by replies from writer and philosopher Miriam Rasch (Institute of Network Cultures) and design researcher Tamar Shafrir (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Space Caviar).

Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life Adam Greenfield offers us an urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age and forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon Valley consensus determining the future.

We already depend on the smartphone to navigate every aspect of our existence. We’re told that innovations – from augmented-reality interfaces and virtual assistants to autonomous delivery drones and self-driving cars – will make life easier, more convenient and more productive. 3D printing promises unprecedented control over the form and distribution of matter, while the blockchain stands to revolutionize everything from the recording and exchange of value to the way we organize the mundane realities of the day to day. And, all the while, fiendishly complex algorithms are operating quietly in the background, reshaping the economy, transforming the fundamental terms of our politics and even redefining what it means to be human.

Having successfully colonized everyday life, these radical technologies are now conditioning the choices available to us in the years to come. How do they work? What challenges do they present to us, as individuals and societies? Who benefits from their adoption? In answering these questions, Greenfield clarifies the scale and nature of the crisis we now confront — and offers ways to reclaim our stake in the future.


Previously a rock critic, bike messenger and psychological operations specialist in the US Army, Adam Greenfield spent over a decade working in the design and development of networked digital information technologies, as lead information architect for the Tokyo office of internet services consultancy Razorfish, Independent User-Experience Designer and Head of Design Direction for Service and User-Interface Design at Nokia headquarters in Helsinki.

Selected in 2013 as Senior Urban Fellow at the LSE Cities centre of the London School of Economics, he has taught in the Urban Design program of the Bartlett, University College London, and in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. His books include Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous ComputingUrban Computing and Its Discontents, and the bestselling Against the Smart City. In 2017 he published the widely acclaimed Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life.

Miriam Rasch works as a researcher for the Institute of Network Cultures and is a writer, critic and essayist. In 2015 she was awarded the Jan Hanlo Essay Award for her essay A Small Organic Banana: Phonophilia in 12 Scenes. Her book Zwemmen in de oceaan: Berichten uit een postdigitale wereld was published by Dutch publisher De Bezige Bij in 2017.

 Tamar Shafrir is a Rotterdam-based writer, researcher, and designer. She works as a design researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut, a lecturer at Design Academy Eindhoven, and a guest lecturer at London College of Communication. Her writing has been published in i.a. MacGuffin, Real Review and Domus. In 2013, she co-founded the design research studio Space Caviar.

Organized by De Dépendance in collaboration with V2_Lab for Unstable Media. This program is part of the project Research by Debate and kindly supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, The Municipality of Rotterdam, the Erasmusstichting, the Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, and STOER.