Fiction Practice: Prototyping the Otherworldly


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Exploring the radical potential of fiction as a tool for social change through design, afro-surrealism, and alternative pedagogies

This book chronicles the workshops for the first edition of the Porto Design Biennale, called the Young Curators Lab. The project explored fiction as a curatorial tool for social change through speculative design, afro-surrealism and alternative pedagogies.

In this volume, key thinkers and curators of contemporary design explore the radical potential of fiction as a critical design tool. Imagining new relationships between objects and ideas, workshop participants designed other worlds, brought impossibilities to life, remixed histories and artifacts, disclosed parallel dimensions, invented critical fabulations, and modeled ontological oddities.

With contributions from Malique Mohamud and Marina Otero Verzier with Ibiye Camp, Dunne & Raby, Dani Admiss and Gillian Russell,Jan Boelen and Vera Sacchetti, Alexandra Midal, Jose Bartolo and Mariana Pestana

Edited by Mariana Pestana

Designed by Joana Pestana and Max Ryan
Translated by Hugo Pinto Santos

Published by Onomatopee, 2020

Softcover, 128 pages, 19 color and 14 b&w images, 4.25 × 7 inches

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