On Friday, June 8, the second-annual Future Perfect gathering at Data & Society will bring together individuals from a variety of world-building disciplines (from art and fiction to architecture and science) to explore the uses, abuses, and paradoxes of speculative futures. While the event itself is full, it will be live streamed from 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT onward at this link.
If the verb tense of the future perfect assumes certain inevitabilities and the tensions of the present moment tend to assume certain doom, Future Perfect the gathering holds space for edge cases, unexpected outcomes, and life finding a way.
Broadcast Schedule – Eastern Standard Time
Friday June 8, 2018
|1-2:15PM||Never Tell Me The Odds|
|This panel explores the art of forecasting, plotting, and quantifying possible futures–and how these techniques also foreclose on them. Featuring a choose-your-own-adventure-style narrative on automated healthcare, histories of prediction, and the limitations of financialized futures.|
|2:15 -2:45PM||Break – Offline|
|Whose humanity gets counted and redeemed by political and technical systems? Whose humanity is subject to experimentation? On this panel, participants will share narratives that challenge and re-center what and whose experience constitutes the margins. Topics covered include reparations for police violence, the construction of the biopolitical subject, SESTA, and the young adult novel The Indian in the Cupboard.|
Melissa Gira Grant &
|4-4:30PM||Break – Offline|
|4:30-5:45PM||Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads|
|What does world-building look like across geologic time, without borders, in the face of environmental collapse, in the service of new solidarities? This panel takes on the terrain of futures–from ongoing nuclear apocalypse to ecological collapse in game spaces to speculative architectural intervention–and the work of making the future an actual place worth going to.|
V. Mitch McEwen
Exclusive to the event, a limited-run collection of commissioned speculative texts by Rose Eveleth, Ruha Benjamin, and Lou Cornum will be paired onsite with submitted works by participants whose backgrounds span academia, journalism, activism, and design. PDFs will be available to the public after the event. To be notified when these materials are released, please contact rigo at datasociety dot net.