Presents of the Future – concluding

Over a period of more than six months we spent quite some time in Malta and Gozo, enjoying interesting and inspiring times with the Maltese population. We were there in order to focus on speculative thinking about possible, plausible, probable and preferred futures – circulating on imaginations about Europe and the European Union with a special concentration on Malta.

Invited by the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union with the support of Arts Council Malta and the Valletta 2018 Foundation, the project “Presents of the Future”  aimed to make it obvious, that all of us have a voice and have agency in shaping the world ahead. All of us are experts in forging these futures. Continue reading

Tasting Tomorrow – Day 2

Meeting in the fort at the end of Valletta, the group of eleven partcipants wended their way through thoughts of disasters and saving graces. FoAM led the group from a broad sweep through the influences, drivers, trends and influences that we saw as being relevant for a thriving food culture and then we leapt into Dator’s Four Futures: Continue, Collapse, Discipline and Transform.

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Yay! All Futuring Exercise video-documentaries online

Again, just as during all Futuring Overture sessions in November last year, we had the pleasure of Elisa Unger video-documenting the Futuring Exercises, held as part of our project “Presents of the Futures” in Malta in February. Continue reading

Tasting Tomorrow – Fieldwork

Over thirty passionate food people in a nature park on a promontory in south eastern Malta. An interesting and inspiring conclusion to this round of futuring exercises. As the topic of the third round of futuring exercises, we decided upon looking at possible futures of well-being and invited our friends and colleagues from FoAM to work on a project around this topic. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they took on the question of food as a vital element of well-being and the way that it might change in reaction to many of the things that are changing in these times.

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Yay – FoAM arrived on-site in Malta

With Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney arriving on the island last night, we are getting closer to our third and final act of “futuring” during this current stay in Malta (there is more to come in April and May!)

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Futures Harvest – kick off

While we are still in the middle of processing the previous Futuring Exercises with Changeist and Extrapolation Factory and getting ready to welcome FoAM to run a third workshop, circulating around possible futures of food, we’ve met at Studio Solipsis to kick off the preparations needed to be done for Futures Harvest.

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Edit Frenzy //Special Programmes Programme // Day 3

Video sprint: 3 days from start  to end. The last day is a frenzy of editing the clips, locating the missing bits, imagining the graphic interlays. We conclude with a quick presentation: the end of the sprint.

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Shooting in the Palace // Special Programmes Programme // Day 2

In a perfectly planned world, we would have sent the scripts to the actors yesterday. But the future is uncertain, as are the creations of them. After the security issues around getting access to the Grand Master’s Palace, it then seemed like the Carneval would be the biggest problem. Afterwards we had some wonderful footage from a great group of actors.

After the sprinted scenario and object prototype creation of the first day, it was time to shoot some video. The groups arrived at the Grand Master’s Palace in the center of Valletta wearing various forms of “Government Chic” to create videos in these timeless surroundings. If a building has been there for a few centuries, it will probably last a few more decades. And so it offers a good basis for the shooting of speculative government programme videos.

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Rolling the Futures Wheel // Special Programmes Programme // Day 01

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.

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