Heather Griffin (she/her) traverses the boundaries of art, design and futures, creating new narratives for our transitional times. Within this space she presents alternative visions of the world through speculation, world building, play, and experiential learning. A practice grounded in analysing and utilising mythologies, social phenomena, and the rhythms of everyday life, thereby critiquing the contradictions of our contemporary capitalist realities. She takes a pluralistic, iterative approach and favours interdisciplinary collaborations to engage communities, conduct deep research and embrace complex systems. Her work consists of multimedia outputs, informed by the context and place, that provoke debate with an aim to collectively imagine alternative futures, connected to long horizons of time, that will help shape more equitable and regenerative worlds. With an educational background in design and research she has a BA in Visual Communication from TU Dublin and an MA in Design of Experiences from the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam.
Heather has written, designed, built, recorded and performed a number of live and immersive experiences and installations both nationally and internationally. These works have been commissioned by and delivered in collaboration with Creative Ireland, the Arts Council, Science Gallery Dublin, Highlanes Gallery, London Design Festival, Istanbul Biennial, Bijlmer Museum, British Film Institute (BFI), Open Set and Perform Istanbul. Her project, A Giant Leap, with Amicitia and Science Gallery Dublin was described as ‘one of their most impactful projects in recent years’ sparking the imagination of their global audience. She has given guest lectures on Transition Design and Futures at TU Dublin, IADT and University of Greenwich.