Knotty Objects | MIT Media Lab Summit

brick, bitcoin, steak, phone

July 15-16, 2015
ICA Boston and MIT Media Lab
A video archive of the event is available.

This July, we will explore the apertures and entanglements between and across design and technology.

The first MIT Media Lab Summit devoted to design, Knotty Objects will gather designers, scientists, engineers, makers, writers, curators, and scholars around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects, along with the rich stories they can tell. The objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–will become lenses through which we examine the transdisciplinary nature of contemporary design.

The MIT Media Lab’s antidisciplinary approach to research positions it to interrogate design and technology's relationship: the tensions; their affinities and entanglements; their closeness and distance.

Together, the event's speakers will tackle concepts and products; prototypes and series; manufacturing and construction methods and their relationship with tradition and material culture; designing with bricks, circuits, and cells; and imagining a future that is based on science and fueled by design.

We invite you to join us for a night and a day of discussion on a future that embraces the ambivalence, ambiguity, and the great potential of disciplines coming together to form new dimensions.

Read more about Knotty Objects from its curators in this blog post.