Applied Utopia

Applied Utopia begins with a radical principle—we get further, faster by aiming for an idealized future rather than sluggish, incremental change. Applied Utopia is not a destination; it is a process and an approach.

Utopia is an idealized "perfection", a science fiction imagining of the impossible, a society transformed by technological or societal upheaval, a visionary or an ideally perfect state of society. Although we often understand it to be a potential perfect future, the word itself means simply “Not a Place”, inherently unattainable.

Utopia can be reimagined as a practical guiding principle, a blueprint for action in the now.

Applied Utopia at UAL: Central Saint Martins

October 11-14, London UK

Central Saint Martins invited Slow Factory to create a week-long residency. Slow Factory responded by expanding on Applied Utopia in a series of panels, discussions, workshops and immersive art installation. Slow Factory invited Bolt Threads to act as a partner to power this initiative and bring it to life.

Applied Utopia Residency

October 12-15, Central Saint Martins

October 12-15 - Applied Utopia at Lethaby Gallery

  • Lethaby Gallery, 10am-5pm, open to the public

October 13 - Study Hall

  • LVMH Auditorium, 1pm-4pm, open to the public with registration

October 14 - Workshop Day

  • Radio Play: Lethaby Gallery, 1pm-2pm open to the public
  • Trash is Treasure: Garment-to-Garment Workshop with Trash Club:
    2pm-3pm CSM students + virtually,
    3:30pm-5pm CSM students only
  • Growing New Materials workshop: 4pm-5pm
  • Closing Party with FACE: Lethaby Gallery, 5pm-7pm

Register for Study Hall, Oct.13


Study Hall Program:

Opening Remarks

  • Orsola de Castro, Co-founder of Fashion Revolution & Hywel Davies, Journalist & editor

Panel 1: Digital Revolution; Utopia in the Metaverse

  • Aja Barber, Author of Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism
  • Xin Liu, Artist
  • Colin Vernon, Slow Factory Fund
  • Henrietta Gallina, Citizen Magazine (Moderator)
  • Céline Semaan, Slow Factory (Moderator)

Panel 2: Material Literacy/ Growing Utopia

  • Seetal Solanki, Materials Translator, Ma-tt-er
  • David Breslauer, Bolt Threads / Mylo
  • Ioana Man, Faber Futures
  • Dian-Jen Lin, Biodesigner and Microbial Farmer, Post Carbon Lab
  • Céline Semaan, Slowhide (Moderator)