Speed-Dating with Possible Futures 2047


Following a short introduction about Time’s Up and our works, ideas and approaches at the Cross Disciplinary Strategies (CDS) institute at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, on March 12th, only a week later we had the pleasure to work through possible challenges arising in 2047 with a number of students from the institute. Continue reading

Practical Utopia Directorate 2018


First we thought we will create the summary of three Futuring Exercises, held with a range of inspiring participants over several months last year, right away after arriving back from Malta in December… well… plans don’t always work out the way they were planned.

But here it is – a 10 minute video summary, giving an insight in three workshop blocks, as part of Cabinet of Futures, a Valletta 2018 (European Capital of Culture) project. Continue reading

Futures for Aspiring Permies

Last week we were invited to present a short introduction to what we do and what that might mean for a group of 20 doing a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) course at Fair Harvest in WA. Knowing that they were in the midst of developing their first designs, we aimed to keep it short and sharp.


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Time’s Up Newsletter – Jan 2019

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Liebe LeserInnen,

manchmal ist man so vertieft im Tun und Denken, dass sich die Berichte darüber dem Hauch des Irrelevanten nicht erwehren können… Ganz ehrlich – was wäre nun denn der Informationsgehalt einer enthusiastisch vorgetragenen Beschreibung all unseres Tuns im Bezug auf die aktuelle Entwicklungen und Recherchen einer erfahrbaren Zukunft in Form einer begehbaren Erzählung?

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Time’s Up Newsletter – Dec 2018

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Von Valletta nach Wien und fehlenden Weihnachtsgeschenken

Liebe LeserInnen,

anbei noch ein paar Zeilen aus unseren Werkstätten bevor sich das Jahr in die Festtage verabschiedet – zu welchen wir alles Gute wünschen!

Operation Malta abgeschlossen
Nach 33 Monaten regelmä
ßiger und abwechselnd langer Aufenthalte in Malta, Gozo und Comino händigten wir erst kürzlich den gepackten 12m Container unserem maltesischen Transport-Koordinator aus. Womit wir offiziell die mehrjährigen Projekte Presents of the Future (als Teil des Kulturprogramms des europäischen Ratsvorsitzes Maltas) und Cabinet of Futures (als Programmpunkt der europäischen Kulturhauptstadt Valletta 2018) zu einem erfolgreichen Ende brachten. Bemerkenswert im dreijährigen Projektverlauf war sicherlich die Chance auf eine eingehende Beschäftigung mit den Beschaffenheiten des Landes. Mit seiner hohen Bevölkerungsdichte, den politisch brisanten Gegebenheiten und schwierigen ökologischen Voraussetzungen zeigte sich sowohl die Insel als solche als besonders geeignet, als auch Teile der Bevölkerung die Thematik wünschenswerter Zukünfte sehr interessiert aufnahmen. In zahlreichen Diskussionsveranstaltungen und Workshops im Kontext der Ausstellungen Cabinet of Futures und Presents of the Futures beschäftigten wir uns mit Themenbereichen wie Quality of Life, Radical Recycling / Circular Economy, Fair Food & Clean Cargo – alles Inhalte die mitnichten abgeschlossen sind in unserem Tun! Finden schliesslich diese Inhalte und noch etliche mehr soeben eine nahtlose Fortsetzung in unserem Beitrag zur Vienna Biennale 2019. Continue reading

Giant 3D Tetris

Setting up a show is somehow always a long process of joy: a pile of what Philip K. Dick would call kipple, or our lifter operator Joe wanted to call “the sort of junk that fills my garage,” turns into an exhibition, a parallel universe that, in this case, represented the imagination of a town in 2047. Seeing the look on Joe’s face when he visited the exhibition opening was a joy; he was amazed what it had all turned into. And we are every time too.

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Time’s Up Starschnitt

There doesn’t seem to exist a word for “Starschnitt” in English – a real tragedy I dare to say! Especially since Time’s Up produced one which is, by receiving the fourth and last seasonal postcard of 2018 today, complete!



Cabinet Of Futures – Once upon a time

Once upon a time in a land far, far away beyond the south coast of Sicily, Time’s Up set up an experiential future. And the incredible rumor goes, that the immersive environment, including lots and lots of technology and media-enrichments and called Cabinet of Futures, used to be switched on and off with a single tiny button on a remote control…

The extraordinary story even continues, saying, that for the complete period of three months the show was open to public – the simple one-button switching on/off procedure never failed! Truth or Fairy Tale?????


More Practical Utopias in mind

After a first glimpse into ideas and examples in relation to Fair Food and Clean Cargo on Friday night (some notes about that in a different blog-post) by Jean-Marc Bonello, involved in the Low Carbon Shipping project, Emanuela De Giorgio running The Veg Box and Stephen La Rosa from the Mediterranean Culinary Academy, we continued for another two days with some collective fabulations of the „Yet to Be“ with a number of everyday life experts being interested and involved in the subject of of Fair Food // Clean Cargo on diverse levels.

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Practical Utopia from Afar

 While we hope rarely to need a doctor, we do need a farmer three times a day. And with 90% of everything coming by ship, it seems we are immersed in a world of food and cargo, two parts of our culture that are hidden from view. Over the past weekend we have dived into these invisible and unknown fields with presentations and futuring exercises exploring the way food and cargo has been, is and might be. On Friday we enjoyed a public talk about Fair Food & Clean Cargo, we will report on the exercises soon.


On Friday evening Greta Muscat Azzopardi from The Amber Spark brought together three local and empassioned voices to speak about the Maltese and international elements of food and cargo. Continue reading