Bruce Sterling on Plan D: ‘Precarious Utopia’

The first edition of Plan D will host Bruce Sterling, a well-known writer of science fiction, a leader in cyberpunk genres, publicists, editors, theoreticians, and futurists. The lecture titled “Precarious utopia” is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 8 PM.

Primarily a visionary, but also a social diagnostician who works at the intersection of science fiction and everyday life, Bruce Sterling examines the present to bring us closer to the future. His works include the most renowned collections of “Mirrorshades” and “The Difference Engine” co-authored by William Gibson, seminal genre works whose influence is reflected in various fields of culture – from music to film. He also published a number of publicity works, including “The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier”, in which he analyzes the hacker subculture of the early 90s, then “Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years “, which depicts the future ranging from biotechnology, industrial design to information economy, and “Shaping things”, where he analyzes the futuristic design of everyday objects, and in the essay “Epic struggle of the Internet of Things” depicts the background of yet another technological imperative.

He has published articles in Wired, Discover, Architectural Record and The Atlantic, lectured on New Media and Scientific Fiction at the European Graduate School, and worked on “The new media project” in which he investigates dead media technology and contributed significantly to media archeology.

The lecture of Bruce Sterling’s “Precarious Utopia” is part of the discourse program of the International Design Festival Plan D which will be held on 27.9. to 1.10.2017. in the area located in the parking lot behind the Technical Museum Nikola Tesla in Zagreb.

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