As the Changing Weathers project draws to a close, the ideas that it set free emerge in other arenas and areas, finding resonances around our wonderful community. A few weeks ago a request for an interview in the zine Makery arrived, and part one has now been published, in English and French. Happily the thoughts that were discussed set off more thoughts for us: let’s see where they all end up!
Well – again we had the pleasure of Elisa being with us during the set up and the opening of “Turnton – a small city on the sea”. And again, we enjoy her way of cpaturing what we do. Find out yourself.
There will be a range of institutions, globally cross-linked, playing a crucial role in our fictional future. Their representation needs to be defined – but independently on how they will be presented exactly, we already started their corporate identity.
A selections of some:
Radical Recycling (RadRec)
Global Authority for Sustainability (GAS)
Global Transparence Agency (GTA)
Travel without Borders
New Neighbours Integration Bureau (NNIB)
Control of the Commons, the title for a project we have been engaged with between 2011 and 2012, was very much focussing on the investigation of the parallels and differences in water transport and waterway usage. Contentwise it is still relevant in some of our current developments – especially for the near future scenario of Turnton as part of Changing Weathers.
An interview, given by Tim, somewhen during the project period never made into our span of attention. It was rather accidental that we were stumbling over it the other day. Christoph Braun, the interviewer, has written the text in Swedish: Konstantropologi till sjöss – entirely indecipherable for us… google-translate had to help out… “Art Anthropology at sea”.
It took a while till we came up with a title for our current physical narrative within the Changing Weathers project. And it will take another while, till we manage to get the whole political system straightened. But a few first steps have been done.
We developed a list of events, which started to trigger severe changes in our current society, which again, unleashed repercussions in currently known economical and political systems. Through following steps we will densify a timeline, outlining what happened within the following 30 years – to allow some sort of an explanatory “time-framework” of our experiential future. Continue reading →
The legalities are sorted to be a freighter. The next step is to get two things happening: things to transport and something to transport them in. Today we managed to get the second of these processes one step further. Continue reading →
It is ages since I have watched “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”. A movie produced in 1920, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Film historically considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema.
Within the Time’s Up context it was always honored for its impressive visual style, wonderfully playing with twisted angles of light and shadows, partly painted directly onto the sets.
Our current future scenario includes ocean system collapse, where we note that the collapse tends to be on the large predator end of things, while, to a larger degree, the smaller and less carnivorous parts of the ecosystem are less impacted. So unduly large amounts of energy and time are currently spent hunting bluefin tuna for high paying sushi aficionados, while carp, jellyfish and seaweeds are left, in general, alone and are even regarded as plagues. This is, of course not quite true. In Unnatural history of the Sea, Callum Roberts talks about the way that overfishing can lead to a population boom of sea urchins, which then decimate seaweeds, leaving less space for young fish to hide while growing, allowing more sea urchins, etcetera. Our actions have repercussions, things are complex in the networks of ecosystems. Continue reading →
As we have a preliminary skeleton of our possible future, some first, dominating values, beliefs and worldviews, as well as several institutions and organisations, inhabitants, residents and stakeholders, we are starting to sketch possible appearances of this conjectured future in a in a climate and system changed world. As our final objective is the translation of this process into a physical narrative.
We are entering that next process step with two rather simple questions: what tools, materials, machineries do the characters need for their existence and where do they operate, work and/or live? Continue reading →
Here we are – facing a possible future (preferred even, if we disregard the fact of the environmental an societal disaster hits which have been the eventual triggered changes taken as the skeleton for our setting), based on a global public welfare economics and sustainability on all levels (economically, environmentally and socially).
After working on litanies (possible headlines for newspapers, repeated opinions and slogans,..) and possible myths in such an altered world, we shaped needed institutions, interest-groups and organizations which might be of relevance.
Some examples of litanies we recorded:
Allow yourself the luxury to survive
Stay with a clear “no” to destruction.
We got back our planet A.
Development needs debt relief
Interest is theft
Some examples of institutions and organisations we see for a possible future in a climate and system changed world:
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.