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paper | 10.01.17

Calculated Risks

Ingrid Burrington

D&S INFRA Lead Ingrid Burrington reflects on the concept of the future in anticipation of the upcoming show Futureproof that she curated at Haverford College.

“Trying to build alternative futures is often a process of facing that haunting spectre: finding life or potential by invoking and living with the ghosts and weird spirits of a world that could have been. Often, the interface for visiting these particular ghosts isn’t the medium or Ouija board but the archive, which is partly why so many of the works in Futureproof take on an archivist, museological tone. The alternative archive is historical evidence of a shift in the timeline, its own kind of proof that another timeline is not only possible, but has already happened, is already happening and emergent before us.”

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