FICTION PRACTICE: PROTOTYPING THE OTHERWORLDLY, 2019
Edited by Mariana Pestana
Published by Onomatopee

“In the contemporary political context, the concepts of post-truth and post-factual politics emerged out of politicians mixing actual facts with non-actual information or emotional statements to a point where actual and fictional stories become indistinguishable to citizens. From the speculative practices of banks to the psychographic uses of big data by companies such as Cambridge Analytica or the use of deceiving graphic design by the Vote Leave campaign in the UK, fiction seems to have acquired a permanent space in contemporary politics and economics. How is design complicit in fictional societal exercises?”



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THE FUTURE STARTS HERE, 2018
Edited by Mariana Pestana, Rory Hyde
and Kieran Long
Published by V&A Press


“Together, social robots form a new kind of species, created with the purpose of interacting with humans and taking care of their emotional and social needs. The popularity of social robots like Paro, Kuri, Pepper and Jibo evidences a demand for affect, and their promise to provide it is a liability. Thus far, robots were brought to life with the only function of serving human needs. Robots are already replacing humans at work, and soon robots will replace humans at love, as they learn to care and give affect. As workers, robots are likely to demand rights, in exchange for their contributions. As friends, theyare likely to demand compassion.”




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THE REAL AND OTHER FICTIONS:
ON RE-ENACTMENT, 2013
Edited by Mariana Pestana


“The common guiding principle of this edited book is the productive relationship between past and present that occurs during the acts of remembering and repeating that a re-enactment implies. The concept of re-enactment is explored here from various perspectives, from performance studies to psychoanalysis and architecture. There are two main ideas that run through them: the first is that re-enacting challenges the linear conception of time because in re-enactments time can be revisited, time is transitive, negotiable. The second is that re-enacting defies notions of historical and authorial authenticity, accuracy or fidelity.”


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︎ “Eco Visionaries: Art and Architecture After the Anthropocene,” in Eco Visionaries: Art and Architecture
After the Anthropocene
, ed. by Pedro Gadanho. London: Hatje Cantz, 2019.



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