Max Mollon

Design Fiction, Consulting, and research in Paris, France

Max Mollon

Design Fiction, Consulting, and research in Paris, France

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BONJOUR !
I am a Swiss-trained designer and Paris-based researcher, whose mischief is also appreciated as an adviser/speaker/teacher. Professional dystopian, I am playing the thorn-finder, exploring pre-crisis situations and sparking societal debates.
I explore ways to engage others into exploring and ‘debating’ critical alternatives to the world as it is, by designing for the world as it could be. Kind of like science fiction, but it is called Design Fiction.

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MAIN RESEARCH
Designing for Debate (2012–now) is my Ph.D. thesis on how designing dissonances and their communication situations fosters people’s agonistic participation in political debates (currently being completed at PSL SACRe/ EnsadLab + Telecom-ParisTech/ CodesignLab – en français ici.)
• Check ››my CV & list of publications.

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MAIN PROJECTS
(The projets are all fed by my doctoral research)
• Le Design Fiction Club is a monthly experimental seminar in Gaîté-Lyrique (founded in Sept. 2017, Paris)
Plurality University is gathering people exploring alternative imaginaries to broaden the scope of thinkable futures (2018)
Sciences Po (Paris): Head of the Contemporary Controversies Design Fiction course (MA)
Politique-Fiction is a collective conducting a series of project merging Design Fiction and political issues. (Co-founded with friends in April 2017)
What if? is a Design For Debate bureau (founded in Nov. 2014)
Alternative-communication is a telepresence research project conducted through design fiction (2009—2013).
Lectures and courses I regularly give take place in Paris at SciencePo, Paris 8, ENSAD, Strate, Condé; at Pôle supérieur du Design (Villefontaine); at The Ohio State University; or HEAD–Geneva.

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RECENT PRESS & TALKS
Centre Pompidou (1h30)
TedX ESC-Clermont (18min)

  • Work
    • Designer
  • Education
    • EnsadLab
    • HEAD–Geneva
    • Pôle Supérieur Design Léonard de Vinci