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BioFutures - Futuring Exercise

Place: 
Luotsikatu 13, 00160 Helsinki Finland
Site: 
SOLU Space
Date: 
14.09.2020 - 18.09.2020

Futures in relation to biology, ecology and life sciences

Whether or not the workshop can take place will be dependent on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will make a final decision by the middle of August.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. (quote attributed to Confucius)

The future is inevitable, enormous and unfathomable. That's at least what we are trained to believe. While many aspects are indeed so, many more are not. The future is full of things that we know and understand, many more can be understood once we have them in our hands. The field of futures studies, long the bastion of experts, has been slowly freed from its ivory tower and expert exclusivity in a process of creating Everyday Futures. Not futures of governments, multinationals or world spanning NGOs, but futures for collectives, families, communities and small organisations.

This process of de-academisation and de-specialisation has been accompanied by a desire to communicate the developments of future scenarios as something that can not only be consumed as a written or diagrammatic description, but can be made personal, up front and explorable. Experiential Futures, a term coined by Stuart Candy, is an emerging field of artistic endeavor, where the future scenario is made into an immersive environment, a situation, an embodied experience, breaking issues in a possible future down to the everyday.

We use Physical Narratives, a form of installation art, to make future scenarios experiential and explorable. The form encourages, even demands, inquisitive behavior from its audience, a new way of knowing, supporting discussions between visitors and utilises the multiplicity of perspectives to remind the audience that a future scenario is by no means a given, but a possibility, one of many possible futures. Experiential Futures and by extension embodiments of them, welcome and incite active futuring by everyone.

The BioFutures workshop invites a group of practitioners to work together, to investigate futures in relation to biology, ecology and life sciences. From this we build a storyworld, a possible future, within which we explore the impact of different scenarios upon the everyday. The group will then develop a collection of sketched future artefacts that might be found in this everyday, whether they be public transport tickets and timetables, newspaper supplements, prototypes of possible technologies, new lifeforms, or the letters of young children written in these possible futures.

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Application deadline: August 14th - notice of acceptance by August 20th

Application: please send an email with a statement of motivation and a CV to SOLU info address.

Possibility of remote participation:
If you are interested to be part of a group of remote online participants or would like to form a remote hub with local on-site participants then please send us a message. Please send us an expression of interest until August 10th.

Supported By: 
FWF Austrian Science Fund, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Bundesministerium Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport BMKOES, Linz Kultur, Kulturland OÖ, LinzAG. BioFutures is part of Biofriction, a European collaboration project committed to supporting bioart and biohacking practices. The Biofriction project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.