Speculative Methods:

The Matter of Thought


Module Leaders:
María Angélica Madero and James Carney
Three important tools of human thought consist of forming hypotheses (scientific inquiry), building world models (metaphysics, religion, mythology), and sense-making with subjective experience (artistic creation). This module investigates all three models of speculative thought through the medium of sensory and visual data. These data give us a very rich (yet tractable) means of cataloguing how cognition and perception operate in concert by way of cultural practices. 

Department EEL
(Exploration of Extraterrestrial Life)

Freya Gascoyne, Jasper Kaucky and Ruben Tyler-Wilkinson

Does algorithmic creativity threaten human art?

Harriet Ekpo, Eva Fisher and Christopher Sarjantson Does algorithmic art threaten human art? Investigating such emerging questions requires grounding in current realities, objective comparison and analysis, and an exploration of future implications. To this end, this project leverages the synergy of three methods: Netnography, scientific illustration, and science-fiction writing. Our results are presented in three reticular parts, offering a view of AI's evolving role and impact in art and a creative exploration of its potential consequences.


Mathilda Blunt, Eva Ross and Eliza Shelley
Zine about how eating disorder culture has seen a revival through fashion and social media in recent years.

How can we make London Public Transport More Efficient?

Felix Hawkings, Vishal Mistry and Sam Omokan In this study, we embarked on a journey to dissect the efficiency of London's public transport system through a multi-method approach. Our methodology incorporates Netnography, delving into the digital communities discussing public transport. Cartography Deep Mapping, which explores the psychological aspects and spatial aspects through colour analysis. Finally, Semiotics, unravel the language of signs and symbols that guide commuters through the city.

Cycling Sounds

Tom Fox, Pal Patel and Logan Veerapatrapillay. Our project aims to document and map the sensory experience of cycling in London. This is an activity undertaken by thousands of people every day, including ourselves, but it is not traditionally investigated in a methodological way. While the applications of this research were not clear at first, as we progressed further into the project, we realised that this project could help cyclists chose the quietest or the smoothest routes. Another potential application would be in policy. Understanding the lived experience of cyclists would help guide policy makers make better informed decisions around cycle lanes, ULEZ zoning, investment into cycling infrastructure, etc