Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In his book 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. Having successfully colonised 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. His lecture is followed by replies from writer and philosopher Miriam Rasch and design researcher Tamar Shafrir.
In collaboration with V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media
Previously a rock critic 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. He has taught in the Urban Design Program of the Bartlett, University College London, and in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. In 2017 he published 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 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 MacGuffin, Real Review and Domus. In 2013, she co-founded the design research studio Space Caviar.