Speculative Apparatus (2013)

Speculative Apparatus, halfway through a day discussing the future of the 'University'


The Speculative Apparatus is a machine that acts exclusively upon the human imagination; a portable, transparent sculptural technology for looking beyond the immediately present.

A series of dials can be differently labelled to represent variation in issues selected by those who use the device. Taken together these dials allow the device to aid speculation about dynamics in mind and society, over time and space.



The speculative Apparatus was used during a day of collaborative imagination, opening up ideas about the future of Universities, cultural learning and research.

During the day, conversations and propositions were used to ‘build’ the device and populate its ‘dials’ in a way that corresponded to a range of different conditions and factors that participants felt were significant and required articulation.