AGORA: How can New/Alternative Narratives Transform Reality?

2021.07.01, 18:00–19:30

When people call for “new/alternative narratives”, there is an assumption that these narratives have the power to make meaningful change more possible. Yet narratives can also be viewed as a way to escape reality, to avoid concrete action, or even to “spin” current reality in order to make it more palatable. Also, narratives seldom provide a clear, unambiguous path towards concrete action. So, what do alternative narratives have to do with action? Are there conditions under which narratives can make change easier, or harder?

Each meeting will take the form of a recorded conversation, with two participants in charge of kickstarting the discussion. These sessions are open to all. A written synthesis will be produced after each meeting, to serve as a foundation for future actions and projects.

Initiators :

  • Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio creating near-future fabulations and experiments somewhere between utopia and dystopia. They seek to transmute our relationship to the non-human, by embracing the contradictory and the paradoxical – telling stories that open the public imaginary to futures that currently seem impossible. Nonhuman Nonsense work in the embryonic stages of system transformation, in the realm of social dreaming and world-making processes, aiming to redirect focus to the underlying ethical and political issues. Founded by Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund, it is based between Berlin and Stockholm.