On Friday, June 8, the second-annual Future Perfect gathering at Data & Society brought 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.
“If the verb tense of the future perfect assumes certain inevitabilities and the tensions of the present moment tend to assume certain doom, then Future Perfect the gathering holds space for edge cases, unexpected outcomes, and life finding a way.”– Ingrid Burrington, Curator
For a recap of the day’s events, click here.
|Session 1||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.|
|Session 2||Voight-Kampff Tests|
|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 &
|Session 3||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