The Mobile Utopia Experiment

The Marshrutka Video Quest

A group of travel guides from Lancaster have arrived in Volgograd just as the city is starting to prepare for 700,000 extra visitors during the 2018 Football World Cup. With Lancaster one of the top UK Utopia football teams, their question is: How would visitors use marshrutka to get to the games?

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MSNanox

Make a business case for developing NeuroChem’s breakthrough nano-medicine technology …

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isITethical?

Play with ethical values of information sharing, discover limits of informational self-determination …

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Dance Your Vehicle: Become Sensicle

Join us in imagining a future where vehicles and sensing human bodies have become ‘sensicle’ …

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The Drift Economy

Can you imagine a radically different mobility system based on ‘drift’ – one in which we have learned how to utilize the kinds of motion employed by the inanimate parts of the Earth?

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Parking in Utopia

How much space do parked cars take up in Lancaster? How does that relate to how people actually move within the city? What would you do with all that space if it wasn’t parked upon?

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Datadrift

Datadrift explores futures of transportation systems and the reliance upon the collection and re-use of big data. What will happen to people and experiences of movement at a human scale?

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Designing Mobile Futures

In this series of experiments we play with ways of ‘designing’ mobile futures. Join us to design new paths for ‘vital mobilities …

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NowHere

NowHere invites you to explore futures of collaboration and collaborative work through playful experiments and play …

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Autopoiesioning: The ETA game

How is my car seeing the road? In this experiment we will play with the estimated time of arrival (ETA) prediction system.

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Synthopia

Using citizen social science methods, we will mobilise utopia as an integrative method, to explore how the diverse individual mobile utopia experiments might feature in a good mobile society.

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The Mobile Utopia Experiment is a creative enactment of a mobile utopia made concrete and personal in Lancaster, a medium-size university town. The enactment envisages how people, objects, ideas, resources will travel in a near-ish future of 2051.

When and Where:

  • 1st November 12:15 – 5:00 pm Town Library, Market Sq., Lancaster City Centre
  • 2nd November 09:00 – 12:00 pm Lancaster University Lancaster Conference Centre and Infolab (LCC, South West Campus, and INF South Campus, see map here

Enactment is facilitated through a game, its components are activities, lived, prefigurative enactments of mobile utopias in the here and now. The Mobile Utopia Experiment explores different ‘pockets’ of futures. Read more here.

It explores, for example:

  • the social life and moral order of traffic as it increasingly incorporates ‘driverless’ mobile pods, dynamic on-demand ride sharing, a more densely populated vertical dimension, as well as incorporating more walking and cyclin

  • social and material practices of mobilities of transport, work, home and leisure

  • the im|material im|mobilities of air currents, nano technologies and data

Project team

Monika Buscher

Monika Buscher

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James Faulconbridge

James Faulconbridge

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Roger Whitham

Roger Whitham

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Serena Pollastri

Serena Pollastri

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Malé Lujan Escalante

Malé Lujan Escalante

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Bron Szerszynski

Bron Szerszynski

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Aurora Trujillo

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Iain Goddard

Iain Goddard

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Adam Fish

Adam Fish

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Andrey Kuznetsov

Andrey Kuznetsov

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Carlos Lopez-Galviz

Carlos Lopez-Galviz

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Doerte Weig

Doerte Weig

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Ole B Jensen

Ole B Jensen

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Louise Mullagh

Louise Mullagh

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Nicola Spurling

Nicola Spurling

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Sasha Engelmann

Sasha Engelmann

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Adrian Gradinar

Adrian Gradinar

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Ditte Bendix Lanng

Ditte Bendix Lanng

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Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

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Andrew Glover

Andrew Glover

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Pedro

Pedro

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Paula Bialski

Paula Bialski

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Project Updates

The Mobile Utopia Experiment

The Mobile Utopia Experiment

The Mobile Utopia Experiment will be in Lancaster on the 1st of November and on campus on the 1st and 2nd of November. When and Where: 1st November 12:15 – 5:00 pm Town Library, Market Sq., Lancaster City Centre and Lancaster University Campus 2nd November 09:00...
Dreaming new mobilities and societies

Dreaming new mobilities and societies

A first ‘Becoming Sensicle’ workshop took place spontaneously as part of TransformART this August. How we move in urban spaces was one of the key topics of TransformART, a week-long event dedicated to exploring the arts as a driving force for social, political and...