Speculative Everything - Anthony Dunne at Resonate 2013

Belgrade New Media Festival, Serbia


Speculative Everything – Anthony Dunne at Resonate 2013

Anthony Dunne is professor and head of the Design Interactions programme at the Royal College of Art in London. He is also a partner in the design studio Dunne & Raby. His projects with Fiona Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Their projects have been exhibited and published internationally and are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Frac Ile-de-France and Fnac. He is the author of Hertzian Tales (2006) and co-author with Fiona Raby, of Design Noir (2001). They have curated exhibitions for the Science Gallery in Dublin, The Wellcome Trust Windows in London, and the Beijing International Design Triennial at the National Museum of China.

Anthony studied Industrial Design at the RCA before working at Sony Design in Tokyo. He later completed a PhD in Computer Related Design at the RCA and was a founding member of the CRD Research Studio where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow leading EU and industry funded research projects. Anthony was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2009.



The Best Kind of Noise – Intro to Resonate 2013

Common wisdom describes blistering noise as intensely undesirable. Our ears are trained to appreciate polite melodies and predictable rhythms and anything outside that narrow aesthetic comfort zone offends our delicate sensibilities. However, getting blindsided by cacophony is not necessarily a bad thing. In those rare moments when you are exposed to something that is visceral, loud and so new that it sounds alien, a few things happen: you freeze in your tracks, the hair on the back of your neck bristles, and – instinctively – your attention locks onto and tries to make sense of the din. You might feel compelled to take a defensive stance when blasted by a wall of sound, but that would be a mistake. Noise should always be welcomed as a friend, rather than a foe, as, like good company, it foregrounds the immediacy of the moment and it rattles opinions loose from the bindings of reason and habit.

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