Stuart Candy is a futurist, educator, consultant, and artist who for two decades has helped seed and grow a family of new cultural practices for thinking ahead that are now used worldwide, and variously framed as experiential futures, speculative design, design fiction, discursive design, worldbuilding, and design futures.

Among his contributions are the first doctoral dissertation on foresight and design’s intersections, The Futures of Everyday Life; formative work using futures with guerrilla art, alternate reality games, live action roleplaying, participatory design, and immersive theatre; co-creation tools like The Thing From The Futurethe international edited collection Design and Futures; and award-winning projects such as The Futures Bazaar and Imagination Is a Commons.

Stuart is currently Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Critical Futures at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, Advisor at NASA JPL in Los Angeles, and Director of Situation Lab, an itinerant creative research unit.

In this talk he will speak about various ways of bringing futures to life.

Join us online on YouTube Live, or in the building on Friday 31st May 2024 at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the Q and A discussion afterwards. 

The Pervasive Media Studio is a partnership between the Watershed, University of the West of England and University of Bristol. The lunchtime talks are partly supported by MyWorld, a project led by the University of Bristol to support creative industries in the region. Watershed is supported by Arts Council England.

Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

For more information on accessing the studio take a look here.

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.