jessica charlesworth

NEW SURVIVALISM : ALTERNATIVE BUG-OUT BAGS
For the upcoming Istanbul Design Biennial Tim Parsons and I will be creating a series of alternative survival kits for short-term evacuation after a disaster. As a limited and contained set of objects, the contents acts as a comfort blanket for our uncertain future, revealing our deepest hopes, fears and convictions at the most critical moment.

CORE77 CONFERENCE
Tim Parsons and I will be giving a talk at Core77′s Object Culture one-day conference in June entitled ‘Spectacular Vernacular’.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE ARTICLE – “Why sci-fi is obsessed with the near future” We chat about sci-fi, futures, speculative design & teaching at SAIC.

ATELIER APOCALYPSE @ MCA CHICAGO
A pop-up apocalypse design studio to design your own survival kits

ALIEN AMERICANA @ MCA CHICAGO -Slideshow of photographic observations from our travels around the US

PARSONS & CHARLESWORTH BOOKLET ISSUE #1 produced during Charleston artist residency

FEATURED in Glasgow School of Art Product Design catalogue as honorary professor

PARSONS & CHARLESWORTH RESIDENCY AND INSTALLATION, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

THE MeMo ORGANISATION ON SHOW WITH CHICAGOLAND at WANTED, New York

THE MeMo ORGANISATION
NEW WEBSITE AND IMAGES

THE MeMo ORGANIZATION
Designing future death, dying and mourning rituals.

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO DYING – A MeMo Panel Discussion

LECTURE @ INSTITUTE OF DESIGN ‘In The Loop’ SERIES

A FORM OF HAPPINESS on show in the ‘Quiet Shop’ at Selfridges department store as part of their ‘No Noise ‘campaign

A FORM OF HAPPINESS
A wood and magnet molecular space-filling model of the neurotransmitter dopamine.


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News

Exhibitions
Istanbul Design Biennial, New Survivalism: Alternative Bug Out Bags, Nov 1st – Dec 14th 2014
CHGO DSGN Chicago design exposition,
Chicago Cultural Center, May 30th - Nov 2nd 2014
CHICAGOLAND group show, Wanted Design New York,
ICFF May 16th-19th 2014
Events
Core77 Conference, talk title Spectacular Vernacular, June 19th 2014
Atelier Apocalypse pop up design studio, MCA First Friday, April 2nd 2014, 6-10pm
Spectacular Vernacular book discussion,
Hearth + Shelf, Summer Forum, March 1st 2014
Alien Americana discussion, MCA Live, Feb 25th 2014, 6–8 pm
Teaching
Ways of Futuring seminar class, Designed Objects at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jan - May 2014
Material Futures graduate class in Designed Objects at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sept - Dec 2014

jess.charlesworth [at] gmail.com

Jessica is a speculative designer with experience working for both public and private sector organisations to explore the future implications of their field. She explores ways of using design to unravel and provoke rich interactions between people, technology, products and services. Whether critiquing science-related themes or exploring how science and technology development affect our attitudes towards death and mortality, Charlesworth’s work addresses fundamental questions about society’s institutions, ambitions and behaviors more...