Cabinet of Futures (CoF), brought to you by the Austrian art and culture group Time’s Up, offers, in addition to the main exhibition, three blocks of events to train your practical utopian capabilities. Each block will engage with a different theme. The three thematic blocks, consisting of three different formats per block, enable participants to think out loud about possible futures, engage with, imagine and discuss them in order to allow a better today.
These events allow those who attend all formats a variety of immersions in speculative foresight experiences, those only attending one format a unique self-contained experience.
Each event allows participants to develop their capacity for anticipation of practical utopias, by which we mean plausible and preferable possible futures. The events are based upon and encourage a playful approach to imagining practical utopias, they are easy to attend and reinforce an open appreciation of multiple future possibilities.
Fair Food and Clean Cargo
Before we become overwhelmed by the commodification of everything and the loss of meaning of the things we have, let‘s create an alternative hedonism allowing appreciative materialism. We drink wine from across the globe that is 10 cents cheaper than a good bottle from around the corner and own things that are cheaper to discard than to cherish and maintain. The polluting cheap fuel that makes this possible is responsible globally for tens of thousands of deaths every year. Cargo reflects many of the ways that we are breaking the bounds of survival. We wonder how to eat well, live well, own and share meaningful things without getting outside what Kate Raworth calls the Doughnut Zone, the safe and just space for humanity.
In this block we will talk about thriving food cultures and the local interactions, about appreciating the rare and well travelled, about thriving where you are, as you are.
Practical Utopia from Afar
- Nov 2018, 6PM
Studio Solipsis / 73 Triq il- Kbira Rabat
This is a simple presentation, an evening event for a general but interested public. Presenters will be experts invited from within the local community.
A Practical Utopian Moment
- Nov 2018, 2-5PM
St Joseph the Worker Parish Centre, 2nd floor, 71 Bwieraq Street Birkirkara
Join us for an introduction to futuring techniques for experiential futures, exploring Time’s Up’s experiences and feel welcome to be guided through some engaging processes allowing all participants to think out loud about possible futures of what we need, what brings joy and how we get it.
An Afternoon Spent in a Practical Utopian State of Mind
- Nov 2018 10AM-5PM
St Joseph the Worker Parish Centre, 2nd floor, 71 Bwieraq Street Birikrkara
Come to the Practical Utopia Directorate to be engaged in developing more in-depth alternative future scenarios of appropriate hedonisms, material treasures and appreciation. We will guide you through a process of developing artefacts for experiential futures.
To apply for the workshops, click on the following link. Minimum age for participation: 16. All blocks are independent of each other – one may attend one, two or all, however this is not a requirement as no continuity is needed. Applications close on the 15th of November 2018, noon OR when spots have been filled. All events are free of charge.
Should you have any questions, email [email protected].
Cabinet of Futures is supported by The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Linz Kultur, OOE Kultur, LINZ AG and Ecoduna.