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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday we had the great pleasure to gather Changeist and The Extrapolation Factory in the same physical space for the very first time. Even though they know each other since a long while, they haven’t met in person until yesterday evening. Delicious food, inspiring chats, lovely wine – what else can one wish for in certain moments!
Changeist is by now back again to their “everyday life” while we started, together with The Extrapolation Factory, to get ready for the next futuring exercise adventure commencing tomorrow.
Chris Woebken & Elliott P Montgomery at MCAST Mosta
Chris Woebken & Elliott P Montgomery at The Grand Master’s Palace