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Disco School

A participatory exhibition collaboratively produced by renowned designers, local community and policymakers showcasing new desirable future scenarios for Murska Sobota.

How can we shape a better future together? Can we revive a place that has been losing the battle with time for years, whose identity and ambitions have disappeared with the collapse of the industry?

Disco school is a project made to inspire and engage the local community of Murska Sobota, a city that has lost its industrial and economical identity, to move away from a nostalgic past and turn to a new vision of the future by playing with the idea of what they would do if they were in charge of the urban planning of the city.

Designers and researchers Jimmy Loizeau and Matt Ward will work with the local community and local policymakers in search of new perspectives to think about a new form of the town’s plan, which is especially important in extreme and after-crisis conditions that not only alter our living environment, but require a change in our social, economic and political relations. The result of this collaboration will be an exhibition presenting local ideas about the future of the city in new and different ways.

The project is based on Loizeau’s and Ward’s ongoing project “The Illegal Town Plan”, which uses speculative design practices as a participatory tool for local engagement and education. Speculative design is a discursive practice, based on critical thinking and dialogue, which asks questions about the future, while offering alternatives that help us understand the world today. The project provides inclusive platforms to mediate community engagement with local government in the re-imagining of their towns future.

The event is organized by the Institute of Transmedia Design Murska Sobota, with the support of the Center for Creativity, MIKK – Youth and Cultural Club Murska Sobota, the Municipality of Murska Sobota, Academia Maribor, Arts Academy Split and Goldsmiths, University of London, as part of the international project SpeculativeEdu.

SpeculativeEdu educational project is co-produced with the Center for Creativity at MAO and is part of the Platform Center for Creativity’s partner network, and is also co-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Slovenia.

The SpeculativeEdu project has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.