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FestForward: Participatory Design Futuring and World-Building for Equitable Digital Futures in Performing Arts Festivals

Elsden, Chris; Jones, Vikki; Helgason, Ingi; Abernethy, Lizzie; Brown, Will


Chris Elsden

Vikki Jones

Lizzie Abernethy

Will Brown


FestForward is a fictional, local, cultural magazine, set in 2030, designed to stimulate conversations about equitable and sustainable digital futures in performing arts festivals. This extensive design fiction was developed through a series of participatory workshops, where creative and cultural practitioners responded to various ‘provotypes’ suggesting narrative content for the magazine. In this pictorial, we annotate and unpack the making of FestForward to reflect upon various formats and approaches to design futuring, and to offer a platform for further world-building, research and discussion on equitable digital futures in arts festivals.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name DIS '23: Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Start Date Jul 10, 2023
End Date Jul 14, 2023
Acceptance Date Apr 28, 2023
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2023
Publication Date 2023-07
Deposit Date Jul 12, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 13, 2023
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages 1424–1437
Book Title DIS '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
ISBN 9781450398930
Keywords Design fiction, Speculative Design, Futuring, Festivals


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