Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
As a designer, I am intent on charting out a radically different perspective on the future. To instigate movement beyond current design thinking centered on problem solving, I propose a shift toward design fiction—a deliberate and direct inquiry into the realm where design meets science fiction, and how that merges with reality. My practice uses science, speculative fiction, and technology as positive models to both generate prompts and spur design outcomes. I borrow from the author Isaac Asimov's three categories of science fiction narratives to instigate a way of structuring this design endeavor: What if ..., If only ..., If this continues … and how these questions can ask what “possible societies of the future… might or might not develop” as a result of new designs and technologies. Within this framework I leverage the theory of the quantum multiverse to explore infinite possibilities.
"Infinitely Incredible Configurations" is a rethinking about how we might navigate through the world and transform the power that our voice has in it.
Oughton, Jenni, "Infinitely Incredible Configurations" (2023). Masters Theses. 1000.
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