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John Marshall participates in design futuring workshop at the DIS 2024 conference in Copenhagen


Stamps Associate Professor John Marshalls Detroit-based creative studio rootoftwo has been selected to participate in a workshop at the ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2024 conference, held at the IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark, from July 1st to 5th, 2024. The conference theme, Why Design?”, invites participants to explore the essence and impact of design in our world.

As part of the workshop titled Mapping Futures and Futuring in HCI and Design,” we will delve into profound questions such as Why future?”, Who futures?”, and How is knowledge built through futuring?” This one-day workshop aims to bring together design researchers with diverse practices to examine the role of futuring across design, design artifacts, and designers. By reflecting on established futures, we hope to identify core challenges and opportunities in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and design.

rootoftwo’s participation in this workshop is based on their project, Looking Back to Move Forward.” This project is the culmination of an 18-month participatory action research initiative funded by the Kresge Foundation. It focuses on the support systems necessary for BIPOC artists and cultural bearers in Detroit, Memphis, and New Orleans, especially those involved in social justice, racial equity, and community development.

The final report, launched during the Kresge Foundation Centennial in the summer of 2024, aims to influence policy changes and foster meaningful discussions in the arts sector, advancing understanding and empathy across the arts ecosystem.