The “Specu-Nation” was a 3-day public workshop applying critical and speculative design methods to understand and unpack the implementation of Singapore’s Smart Nation plan. Participants were invited to discuss the Smart Nation’s promises of citizens’ empowerment through tech-enabled solutions in several contexts. The first day involved a hands-on making of a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) fermentation incubator, where participants discussed food sustainability issues in Singapore and related Smart Nation’s undertakings. The next two days organized in soft/WALL/studios Geylang addressed the sensitive position of Geylang as the Smart Nation’s testbed for implementation of surveillance sensors and monitoring systems. Following a field trip around local “hot spots”, participants envisioned near-future scenarios of “Smart Geylang” and discussed the issues of data and knowledge ownership within a state infrastructure. The Specu-Nation was the latest in our series of workshops probing DIY and critical design methods in forming an open discussion around some important local issues. The talk will outline the major challenges and opportunities in employing these methodologies that we have identified so far.
About the Speaker
Markéta Dolejšová is a Ph.D. candidate at National University of Singapore (Communication and New Media Department) where she studies citizen science initiatives addressing Food Studies issues. She has co-initiated several critical food design projects employing food both as a material and an object of inquiry. Her MA (Charles University in Prague) was on Posthuman Tendencies in Performance Art Practice, which brought her to art curation.
Venue: CNM meeting room (AS6-03-33)
Date: Friday, 30 September
Time: 3pm – 4pm