Speculative Futures Portland Chapter: December Meetup

We’re excited to host the next meet up of Portland’s futures thinkers!

Tuesday, December 13th 2022
Register here.

Join us for an introduction to Laura Allcorn’s unique approach to Futures Thinking – one that combines comedy, science, performance and design. This meetup will be held in-person at the Institute For Comedic Inquiry where we can experience Laura’s projects first-hand and learn about her approach.

Laura Allcorn is the founder of the Institute for Comedic Inquiry — an experimental comedy research institute that collaborates with scientists and makes it fun for the public to explore complex topics like AI, surveillance, and data privacy. Her projects span topics and formats. For example, the SKU-Market is a satirical mini-market you can shop that explores how our purchasing habits and online behaviors can be interpreted, skewed, and applied to shape our lives in unexpected ways. Or, the syntHAsizer, a machine for playing with laughter as a verbal display of communication for humans and digital assistants. Both of these projects and more, will be available to explore during the meetup.

6:00-6:30pm - Doors open, refreshments and open studio
6:30-6:45pm - A short talk by Laura Allcorn, founder of the Institute for Comedic Inquiry
6:45-7:30pm - The chance to experience and interact with a few of her projects (installed in the space) and socializing happy hour time with fellow future thinkers and visitors.

About Speculative Future Portland
Our mission is to host community, conversation and knowledge sharing in order to further the ways in which we can utilize futures thinking, planning and design for application in both professional or personal work. This group is the local Portland chapter of the global Speculative Futures community, hosted by the Design Futures Initiative. Sponsors include: MADO