Designing Desire

  • 12 October 2017 - 5 November 2017

 

Is it possible to change the world without also changing ourselves?

 

Featuring artists Morehshin Allahyari, Joey Holder, and Kuang-Yi Ku, Designing Desire will consider the future of 3D printing, calling into question the fixed way we have been taught to think of our bodies, identities, gender and biological capabilities.

 

The work within show operates within the realms of visual arts, technological production, scientific exploration and political activism. It’s by practicing speculative design - design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas, and imagine possible futures - the artists’ encourage us to imagine endless possibilities for our future selves. 

 

Through talks and interactions with visitors, the artists will consider how their practices unite in tackling the imposition of limits and regulations by the so-called ‘real’ world, and how rapid prototyping and digital tools can help us to move past such restrictions, opening up new directions within technological, biological, and sexual advancement. 

 

The starting point for Designing Desire and its series of events, is the collaboration between the three artists for The 3D Additivist Manifesto, a project by Allahyari and Daniel Rourke. The manifesto is a call to push creative technologies to their absolute limits and beyond into the realm of the speculative, the provocative and the weird, and the call resulted in a digital and physical book, The 3D Additivist Cookbook (composed of responses, an extensive catalog of digital forms, material actions, and post-humanist methodologies and impressions), will also be shown as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition is developed with support from the Ministry of Culture (Taiwan) and in partnership with Homotopia, the Liverpool based arts & social justice organisation making art, interventions and participation that inspires and unites communities. The project is also supported by the lab and Design department at Liverpool John Moores University. 

 

Morehshin Allahyari and Kuang-Yi Ku have both undertaken research residencies between 2016 and 2017 in FACT’s experimental design space FACTLab, focused on the areas of speculative design and 3D Printing.

 

Join us for the opening of Designing Desire from 6pm - 8pm on Thursday 12 October.

 

The exhibition is developed with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and in partnership with Homotopia: the Liverpool based arts & social justice organisation making art, interventions and participation that inspires and unites communities. The project will also be supported by the lab and Design department at Liverpool John Moores University. 

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