“The Extrapolation Factory is an imagination-based studio for design-led futures studies, founded by Chris Woebken and Elliott P. Montgomery. The studio develops experimental methods for collaboratively prototyping, experiencing and impacting future scenarios.”
Joining the founders of The Extrapolation Factory, Natsuki organized and facilitated three workshops—UNICEF MSA Visioning Workshop in New York City, Mobile Service Station at PS 147 in Bushwick, Brooklyn and Discount Possibilities during NYU’s ITP Summer Camp.
UNICEF MSA Visioning Workshop
UNICEF employees who make up the Multilateral Systems Analysis in Governance and Multilateral Affairs group approached the Extrapolation Factory to facilitate a visioning workshop process around their group’s goals for the future.
We proposed the idea of developing a series of fictional dream sequences that children around the world might relate to through the lens of international children's experiences. The dream sequences were visualized and communicated as paper-craft dioramas that depict the elements of the dream (or metaphors for the ideas) as a way to archive the thoughts that surfaced during the workshop. These dreams were not meant as prescriptive agendas for their work, but rather as ideation for instances that could serve as inspirational reference points going forward.
Role: project manager
Mobile Services Stations @ PS147
The Extrapolation Factory was invited by NurtureArt to lead a five week short course on futures studies with students at Public School 147 in the spring of 2014. The students were challenged to imagine new mobile services that could change social scenarios in their neighborhood, in Bushwick, over the next 20 – 25 years.
Following a discussion and lecture on the evolution of mobile services, the students began their futuring process by generating a list of ideas and issues that they deemed interesting, important or exciting. Their lists covered themes such as social media, pop culture, gender, food, and health. The students associated ideas on their list with four domains that may play significant roles in the future (climate, language, insects and robots) to generate concepts for their mobile services.
After sketching several iterations on their ideas, the students’ final concepts were actualized as scale models, which were exhibited in the exhibition ‘Multiplicity’ at Invisible Exports gallery, opening August 1, 2014.
Students created mobile services such as Spare Change Machine, a robotic service that digests scrap metal and shapes it into coins for supporting homeless people; Insect Clinic, a service that offers breeding and delivery of beneficial symbiotic insects for community gardens; and Insta-Bug, an animal operated service that deploys photographing insects to document your life and upload to your social media stream.
Role: Teaching assistant
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Discount Possibilities – Canal Street is jointly organized and run by The Extrapolation Factory and the Situation Lab as an opportunity to explore experiential and guerrilla futures strategies.
On Sunday June 8, 2014 at NYU’s ITP Camp, ITP students worked together to create artifacts from futures that might be found at a black market street sale on Canal Street in Chinatown a decade, a generation, or a century from today. Participants attempted to imagine tomorrow’s irresistible bargains, knockoffs and impulse buys.
Participants created a variety of future products such as Granny Snuff, a future drug to help the elderly population escape the hardships of old age; Couple Bubble is a device that creates a bubble shield around a couple in public space; and Dream Catcher, a digital interface to capture nightly dreams for future replay and broadcasting.
At the end of the workshop, the resulting products were carried to Canal Street at the corner of Broadway for a pop-up sale, advertised as ‘Discount Possibilities’.
Role: Workshop planning, preparation and packaging design assistant.
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