Future Perfect

Dystopie und Alternativen: Wofür wir werden gesorgt haben müssen

Workshop / Animation, Conference


10.10.2015, 11:00 – 19:00

Heimatsaal im Volkskundemuseum


11.10.2015, 12:00 – 18:00

Montanuniversität Leoben & Porubsky Halle Leoben
In deutscher und englischer Sprache

Heimatsaal im Volkskundemuseum, Porubsky Halle Leoben, Montanuniversität Leoben

Not all destruction is creative – the steirischer herbst conference looks into the question of what needs to be preserved and what needs to be fought for.

Our legacy for future archaeologists is increasingly narrowing down to two things: our waste and the Cloud. We will have filled up the oceans with plastic, contaminated the soil with plutonium and stored yottabytes of, by then unreadable data. Interestingly, this tense is called “Future Perfect”.

The fact that we only conceive of the future as a dystopia is because we see tomorrow as an extension of today. However, the future can be completely different. “Future Perfect” sets out to imagine this difference. Not by demanding disruption and constant (self-)reinvention, but by looking at the totality of relationships in which we find ourselves. Contrary to the capitalist assertion, not all destruction is in fact creative. Sometimes something is simply gone – resources, life-forms, options for the future.

In lectures, artist presentations, discussions and a large-scale expedition, “Future Perfect” looks into the material and immaterial legacy that needs to be preserved, discovered or finally realised. What will we have to have provided for, fought for, to ensure that the future will be a good one, if not perfect, beyond the horizon of our own time? What role is played by cultural memory, digitalisation, legal order and wealth, but also speculation, subversion and artistic practice? And what makes us even think that future generations will still care about our values?

Kuratorin / Kurator: Christiane Kühl
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Lara Almarcegui
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Helmut Antrekowitsch
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Aleida Assmann
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Heba Y. Amin
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Gülsen Bal
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Regine Dura
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Marina Fokidis
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Silvia Fehrmann
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Tessa Giblin
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Stefan Heidenreich
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Charles Heller
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Lorenzo Pezzani
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Forensic Architecture
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Hans-Werner Kroesinger
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Madeline Ritter
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Manfred Schneider
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Christian Schwägerl
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Michael Seemann
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Walter Seidl
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Thomas Edlinger