Benedikt Groß: Design × Technology – What if!?

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Come join Benedikt Gross in Room 412 at 370 Jay Street, 4th Floor as he walks through some of his projects and background in computational and speculative design. The talk will be loosely threaded together with the idea of “technology as material” and include “excursions” of related bits and pieces that Benedikt is currently exploring in his own work.

We live in a time where innovation is outpacing our ability to process their social/environmental implications. From technological innovations like self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and machine learning, IoT to system logistics improvements, crowdsourcing, and car & bike sharing ... it seems that the future is being designed and realized faster than ever. More interestingly art and design are playing an increasingly central role in designing, rendering and implementing these futures.

In his presentation Benedikt will talk about design as a vehicle to explore new roles, contexts and approaches in relation to the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging and future technologies. Benedikt will illustrate these thoughts with various projects.

Benedikt Groß is a speculative and computational designer who works antidisciplinarily. His work deals with the fascination of relationships between people, their data, technology and environments. He has a MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art (under Anthony Dunne), is Alumnus of the MIT Senseable City Lab and is co-author of Generative Gestaltung which is one of the standard books for computational design and information visualization. Benedikt has exhibited and published his work widely. He is a professor of Strategic and Interaction Design at the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd and is concurrently associate Design Director at move lab (by FREE NOW, subsidiary of Daimler and BMW) where his work deals with future mobility concepts and mobility related data. For the fall 2019 semester he is creative resident at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.