As part of the California College of the Arts MFA design program, Machinic Modernity, taught by Erik Adigard and Ignacio Valero aims to posit contemporary design practices in the momentum of a global understanding of “progress” as it is framed by western interpretations of modernity and technology but increasingly challenged by the rise of pluriversal economies and cultures. Design is at the heart of the makings and unmakings of planetary orders. In a context continually disrupted by unpredictable techno-ecologies, what is the place of designers? How are they conditioned by conflicted expectations? What can they contribute to progress? And ultimately, how can they claim selfhood in such a climate? These are some of the fundamental questions explored in Machinic Modernity.