Elliot Montgomery and Chris Woebken, making up the futures / design duo Extrapolation Factory, led a group of a dozen participants through a process of proposing futures for possible EU Programmes. Developing from signals, not trends, to develop further signals, not worlds, the participants investigated implications.
Using techniques to investigate implications, combining signals, the participants could imagine what one signal might lead to next. They concentrated upon the Futures Wheel. The use of worksheets, guiding the process strongly, acts as an accelerator to move the process forward without having to create everything freshly. Of course, we all think outside the box or circle sometimes.
The signals were then translated into objects and sketched scripts for the video shooting at the Grand Master’s Palace for day 2. The objects are all simplifications, to be used in a video to indicate the concept. The scripts were also simpliications, sketches perhaps, guidelines. We knew we were going to be working with professional actors, so the sketches could still be a bit loose.
“The Special Programmes Programme is part of “PRESENTS OF THE FUTURE”, a project embracing a series of activities in Malta and Gozo, which build upon one another to think out load about possible futures of Europe investigating the unique perspectives of Malta.
Presents of the Future is part of the cultural program of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union with the support of Arts Council Malta and the Valletta 2018 Foundation.