"If, as the saying goes, 'politics is the art of the possible', it follows that we need arts in order to multiply possibilities." Bruno Latour, 2016
The Plurality University (U+) emerges from a belief that, in the face of today’s and tomorrow’s transitions, we will only find ways to act upon our futures by explicitly building on the power of imaginaries. Not in order to write a single grand narrative for the future, but rather to enable the creation and sharing of multiple stories and other imaginary productions, from every cardinal point in our multipolar world.
To this end, U+ intends to be an open, global, diverse collective that detects, connects, and federates people or organizations who mobilize the resources of the imaginary to broaden the scope of thinkable futures: activist artists and sci-fi authors, speculative designers, reflexive utopians, creative futures thinkers, engaged researchers, etc.
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Three of participants to the Plurality University’s Founders Meeting will be presenting during the 2018 « Futures Festival », which will take place (mostly) online on October 27: Jorge Camacho, Daniel Kaplan, and Aarathi Krishnan. Futures Festival is organized by the Association of Professional Futurists. The theme for 2018 is « Diverse Futures…How humans helped robots enslave them
During the CHI 2013 conference, four robots from the future, posing as legitimate researchers, presented a paper called « CHI and the Future Robot Enslavement of Humankind; A Retrospective« . The paper illustrates how the sustained effort of Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) specialists « tirelessly focussed on the improvement of technology to make it…Slow Catastrophes, Speculative Futures, Science & Imagination: Rewriting and Rethinking Sustainability
Slow Catastrophes, Uncertain Revivals (2016, free eBook) features 5 stories created by students in “Slow Catastrophes, Speculative Futures, Science & Imagination: Rewriting and Rethinking Sustainability”, a course by Michele Speitz at Furman University in South Carolina. Taking inspiration from Project Hieroglyph‘s “visions for a better future” and an essay by…Isabelle Stengers: « Matters of Cosmopolitics: On the Provocations of Gaïa »
In a long conversation with Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, philosopher Isabelle Stengers shares her thoughts about what she calls the « post-anthropocene »: a state, or rather a frame of mind, where, having « desperately mess[ed] up what they, and many other earthly critters, depend upon« , humans accept that they are not…« 2312 »: An essay in world-building
In 2312, first published in 2012 (French translation to hit the shelves in May 2017), SF writer and ecologist Kim Stanley Robinson (aka KSR) imagines a world where, after having (almost) desperately messed up its planet of origin, humanity expands by colonizing and « terraforming » the whole solar system… … What, another of…