19th of April 17.30-19.00 BST

Book Tickets

This evening we will be hosting designers and artists who are using materiality and craft to generate change. Their work proves design can be a powerful tool to convey political messages as well as directly impact communities and the environment.


A series of online evening talks about the intersection of design, biology and technology.

Material Futures students present a series of talks inhabiting the intersection of craft, biology and technology. Over the course of three evenings we will bring together international thought-leading academics, designers and scientists who challenge the future of design, to explore possible futures through the lens of materiality – in its broader sense.

About Material Futures: This symposium is organised by the MA Material Futures students at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. Material Futures is a trans-disciplinary research program with an emphasis on learning through making. The course aims to develop materials and systems for a more sustainable future. We are organising this event with the objective to raise funds to secure a platform in which to showcase our research projects.

  • Professor Lucy Orta, Visual Artist, Chair of Art and the Environment, University of the Arts London: Prof. Lucy Orta is a an artist who uses clothing and installations as tools of communication. She (and Studio Orta) work on projects relating to population displacement, water scarcity and the global food chain, and she collaborates with actors of social change.
  • Dr Michael Pinsky, Visual Artist, Reader, University of East London: Dr Michael Pinsky is an artist and activist. He has designed urban installations which challenge the status quo on climate change, air quality, cities design, or societal matters. For example his recent ‘Pollution Pods’ emulate the quality of the air in different cities around the world.
  • Singgih Susilo Kartono, Product Designer, Founder of Magno: Magno is a brand of wooden craft products recognised by multiple international awards. The concern on the current rural situation in Indonesia motivated Singgih to develop Spedagi, a village revitalization movement iconized by the bamboo bike. In 2020, Singgih proposes ‘Cyral-Spiriterial’ – a macro conception of how the global sustainable livelihood could possibly be attained.