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Talking Future: speculation, utopia and simulation in art

17.05.19 | 18:00 – 20:00 | alpha nova & galerie futura
Concept and moderation Isabelle Vuong
Artistic contributions Valerian Blos, Mikala Hyldig Dal, Gosia Lehmann

This conversation on speculation, utopia and simulation between future researcher and cultural worker Isabelle Vuong and the artists Valerian Blos, Mikala Hyldig Dal, and Gosia Lehmann both reflects and speculates on new categories of present and future times. In order to open paths to doing and undoing reality, mental models, imaginaries and artistic works about the future are presented, and give new insights into the present. The artists introduce how they work with utopia, simulacra and re-enactment to better understand the relations between reality and fiction, materiality and immateriality, between past, present and future.

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Research Framework: the future as open process “in the making”

The future? A modern concept
In our Western (post-)modern time, the future has become the focus of all attention. Whereas the pre-modern era paid reverence to a divine order which drew its legitimacy from the past, the modern age is characterized by a consciousness of the future which emerges together with the Enlightenment, its technical breakthroughs and capitalist societies. Preservation of a divine order is therefore gradually replaced by the quest for novelty and innovation specific to modern times, which in turn hold the promise of better futures.

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An exercise in addressing the future critically

Lecture-workshop | 1.45min (can be reduced to 1h) | contact me if interested
This lecture-workshop is built around two parts: the first part is aimed at deconstructing the common sense built around the future as conceptualized in a Western perspective; the second part aims at reconstructing another concept of future, thought of as a process in the making.

VERSIONS SPECIFIC TO EACH CONTEXT AT: 23.10.18 at Ponderosa, Brandenburg (DE)| 10.03.19 Virtual Viewpoints – 12-week on-line course with Deborah Black | 5-6.04.19 Human Living Center#2 at Inkonst, Malmö (SE) | 26 & 29.05.19 at Festival Butterflies & Camels at Communitism, Athens (GR)

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Lecturer at Human Life Center#2 / 5-6 April 2019

Two days of art, research and dreams of the future with Human Life Center#2: Dreaming, Trauma and Seeds (for futures to come). Following last year’s success performance collective in Inkonst Malmö (SE), Tlön once again open the doors to their center for creative thought and practice beyond the normal, this time focused on the future.

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ISABELLE VUONG (BLOCK B)
Deconstructing and reconstructing the future
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© Tlön & Isabelle Vuong

What happens when we stop insisting on keeping the future as a goal, and start treating it as an open-ended process in the making?

At Human Life Center#2, Isabelle Vuong provides an overview of Future Studies as well as a systematic deconstruction of current western ideologies about the future. Showing how the fundamental ideas we have about our world become crucial in both how we read the past, and how we project forward to futures to come, this interactive lecture seeks to opens up other ways of thinking about the future. Continue reading “Lecturer at Human Life Center#2 / 5-6 April 2019”