Recording: Progress Through Technology Is A Myth – Reflective and Creative Workshop
Here at TU Delft, we worship progress. Engineers, architects, and designers are the heroes of our time. With technology as our magic tool, we will make the world a better place. This is our quest to fulfill. Society believes in us.
TU Delft found support for this story in the ancient Greece. In the mythical figure of Prometheus, the very first engineer on Earth. Long, very long ago, the first human beings lived a harsh life in the cold and darkness. The almighty Gods preferred to keep fire’s blessing of warmth and light for themselves. Prometheus then heroically decided to sneak up Mount Olympus to steal it for the sake of mankind and civilisation.
This is the myth of technology. The hands on, can-do, problem-solving story of Delft engineers and designers. It’s a story of progress, where no challenge is too big to be overcome by our heroes and saviors of technology. But is that the whole story? And the only one we can imagine?
In this creative and reflective workshop, we’re going to steal back the story of fire and create our own myths of technology. To get us started, classicist Hugo Koning (Leiden University) will tell us all about Prometheus and the power of mythology. What do we do with our stories? And how do they shape the real world?
Bring your imagination, a bunch of gods, heroes and monsters and come play around with fantastic stories behind technology. Hopeful, utopian or maybe cruel and apocalyptic; what’s your version?