"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.

Come dream the Plurality University with us!

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Events

Date/heure Évènement
30/11/2018
14 h 00 - 17 h 30
Rencontre des fondateurs de l’U+ : Portes ouvertes
Ground Control, Paris
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Monday afternoon chat with Anne Lefebvre... Discussing scales, systems and complexity with a bit of Simondon in the mix. https://t.co/toBMSKgCAs

Am I quoting @doctorow & @m_older in this week's library science discussion of blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies, and the decentralization of socioeconomic institutions? YES I AM. Science fiction taught me to ask "what if?" Library science is teaching me to ask "how now?"

“We need to always be critical about the visions of science and technology of the future. Particular visions of the future are chosen and defined by certain bubble-like cultures, that are reflections of that culture and not necessarily the rest of us.” #OIIAwards @jwajcman1

L’imaginaire de « l’effort de guerre » pourrait accélérer les changements de comportement. Même pour les gilets jaunes ? https://t.co/gj0OoYBAdY

In the future, the world will be burning all the time but... hey! At least we’ll have superhero robots “coming to the rescue” delivering food 😏 https://t.co/OdyhDGoycu

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The Plurality University Presents at the Next « Futures Festival »

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…

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