2019 Projects > U+ Day
« ‘Ou[te]r Space’ is the topic of the “U+ Day”, which takes place on October 15, 2021. How can we be part of Space’s futures, How can Space help us imagine other futures, including for Earth?
From Clichy’s Citizen University to Lomé’s Woelab, to Phoenix’s Center for Science and Imagination, more than 30 exhibitions, workshops, demos, events, etc. address the same issue on the same day, each in their own way. Some are the results of long-term collective projects, some present existing works by creators active on the topic, others are one-off participative events for kids, makers, professionals, etc.
The Plurality University helps coordinate the events and provides a meeting place for ideas, people, and projects. It makes all local events and their productions visible through a virtual exhibition. It has also assembled a team whose work will be to extract knowledge and insights from the process and its outcomes: What has emerged? What can we learn? What points of convergence or difference? Which new questions or issues should be discussed? »
U+ Day is a single day distributed event during which as many U+ members (and others) organize an event around the same future-oriented topic. Each participant chooses what they will do and how: there can be as many shapes of events and types of content as there are locations.
The topic is chosen collaboratively several months ahead of U+ Day. It must be easily understandable and meaningful to most people; illustrate the value and benefits of plurality in looking at futures; and resonate with the agenda of a significant number of U+ members this year.
U+ provides guidelines, tools for visibility, and ways of sharing during the preparation towards U+ Day. During U+ Day, it provides the platform to help events share among one another and be accessible globally by remote audiences. After U+ Day, it curates the contents into a publication and/or exhibition, and facilitates a reflexive work on what can be learnt from the plurality of events and contents.
All Plurality University members, their institutions and any other participants who wish to organize an event around the topic.
This project is a lightweight, yet powerful way to mobilize the U+ network around a common topic and objective. It has the potential to be highly visible locally as well as globally. It can quickly gather rich and highly diverse material for publication, comparative studies, education, future projects, etc. It provides a concrete illustration of the value of plurality in terms of practice, communities, cultures.