Restore Talks: James Bridle and Samuel Iliffe
Programmed to celebrate the Design Researchers in Residence: Restore exhibition, this event brings influential artist and writer James Bridle together with Samuel Iliffe, a Design Researcher in Residence at the Design Museum.
Building on James' mentorship of Samuel during his residency at the museum, this discussion will centre around themes such as the place of non-human life in museums and other institutions, the working relationships between artists and scientists and design's responses to the climate crisis.
In addition, the pair will discuss James' new book Ways of Being: Beyond Human Intelligence and Samuel’s design for a seaweed farm which aims to tackle water pollution across the UK.
James Bridle is a writer, artist and technologist. Their artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. Their writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. They are the author of New Dark Age (2018) and Ways of Being (2022), and they wrote and presented "New Ways of Seeing" for BBC Radio 4 in 2019.
Samuel's research is focused on the use of innovative materials and processes to address everyday problems, exploring the issue of phosphorus pollution in the UK’s freshwater bodies. He studied a double masters MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary University. In 2020 he was designer in residence at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in association with Algae Platform, a programme of Atelier Luma.
Future Observatory is coordinated by the Design Museum in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funding independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages, design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence.
Background image by Samuel Iliffe.