As mentioned in an earlier entry we are in the middle of sketching a possible, coming world. An insinuated future, taking a present state as well as currently visible developments into consideration and essentially shifting some of these todays axioms.
As we seem to be fed up with all negative, dystopian future scenarios we decided to draw a world which allows – even though including some non-reversible consequences of our recent and current behavior – positive visions (yes, we allowed ourselves to be naive and dreamy!). “Change was our only chance” together with “Yes, we can this as well” are the rallying cries dominating our images. Both slogans fictionally deriving out of some delayed post 21st Conference of Parties reactions, becoming eventually relevant after glaringly palpable environmental and social disasters also in industrialized regions, forcefully altering the global, economic pace as well as the general public view of social fairness.
This chosen starting position has lead us to a framework of parameters, including amongst others, the implementation of radical recycling, public welfare economics based on real costs and the “disempowerment of profit orientated wheeling and dealings”. Sustainability on all levels (economically, environmentally and socially) replaces extractive economies and striving after endless growth (not saying every single person in the world follows these new rules, since we certainly need to have some frictions in our future-fiction as well). Circumstances, which triggered fundamental changes in the nature of transport, trade, manufacturing and investments. Perspectives on clean and renewable energies and resources shifted drastically. Labour underwent a reevaluation, values in general got turned.
We are facing a future world, which potentially allows a balanced co-existence of all people alive in an environmentally and economically thoughtful setting. Yes it is a fabulation, and yes it is a dream. So what? What can be wrong with a vision trying to bring back some sort of vigour and passion into a everyday which very often only gives us a chance to fear what a near and less near future entails?
The transiencies as well as the futuring exercises described are part of Changing Weathers, a pan-European project undertaken together with Zavod Projekt Atol (as coordinator) (SI), Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory (SI), Bioart Society Finnland (FI); Hilde Merete Methi, (NO); Stichting Sonic Acts (NL) and RIXC Center for New Media Culture (LV) – leading into a physical narrative which will be exhibited in the context of Changing Weathers.