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50 States: Race for Utopia
«50 States: Race for Utopia» – a Swiss design fiction project portraying the US in 2092. Entire industries have vanished. Using the know-how from old industries and combining them with new technologies, the 50 states begin a race for new inventions to boost the economy and make society prosper.
design  webdesign  inspiration  futuristic  futurism  states  utopia 
5 days ago by natetharp
Why Is It So Hard to Predict the Future? - The Atlantic
Credentialed authorities are comically bad at predicting the future. But reliable forecasting is possible.
futurism  Innovation  Strategy  atlantic 
10 days ago by jorgebarba
"Infinite Detail" Imagines an Apocalypse Many of Us Long For - Electric Literature
It’s interesting that you talk about the cities as characters because the critique of smart cities that interests me the most is that smart cities are generic solutions. They view cities as problems and that there is a generic, off-the-shelf solution for them. That’s kind of the smart cities philosophy. But cities aren’t all the same, in terms of their communities and conflicts. So partly my aim was to give Bristol, and Brooklyn to a lesser extent, a kind of feeling that it was a unique place and couldn’t be pigeon-holed like that.
cities  fiction  sciencefiction  books  novels  futurism  technology  internet  media  information 
12 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The 1968 sci-fi that spookily predicted today
In his 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, for instance, he peers ahead to imagine life in 2010, correctly forecasting wearable technology, Viagra, video calls, same-sex marriage, the legalisation of cannabis, and the proliferation of mass shootings. Equally compelling, however – and even more instructive – is the process by which Brunner constructed this society of his future and our present.
Sci-fi  trends  writing  futurism  from instapaper
12 days ago by laurenpressley
Paolo Bacigalupi's "A Full Life" - MIT Technology Review
By the time Rue reached 15 she had begun to measure her life by her many moves, the parchment of her life torn into fragments, each one reducing the integrity of the whole. Each small leaf then folded. Folded and shaped until it became surreal origami [...]
fiction  sf  climatechange  shortstory  sciencefiction  climate  futurism  weather  technology  cities  usa 
17 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer | Aeon Essays
"Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer."

Our brains might not, but to some extent our *minds* do process information.
psychology  memory  computing  futurism 
18 days ago by ahall
WAKING LIFE - Artforum International
But in the Black vanguard—the Afrofuturists and community activists, the artists and writers and theorists imagining ways of living that dignify themselves as Black subjects as well as all of humanity—she is something of a heroine for the breadth and generosity of her work. Many still know her primarily for her filmmaking, her original craft, which she studied at UCLA in the early 1990s. Her feature film Drylongso (1998) is a Black independent cult classic, critically lauded but difficult to find; since then, she has shot at least forty experimental short films....

The intentional positioning of objects is part of Smith’s art. One format that she has honed in recent years—employed in several works in her current exhibitions—involves selecting items that carry personal or symbolic meaning and carefully arranging them on a tabletop. ...

An animating force in Smith’s work is Black feminism—its genealogies, its ways of seeing and being—and her evolution as an artist has been guided by its spirit. Many of the books featured in “BLK FMNNST Loaner Library 1989–2019,” 2019, a new series of thirty gouache-and-graphite works made on letter-size black paper, come from that stream. Each drawing depicts a work of literature dear to her, proffered by a Black hand: Lose Your Mother, by Saidiya Hartman; The Origin of Others, by Toni Morrison; Land to Light On, by Dionne Brand. ...

While in Chicago, Smith also organized a series of flash-mob events in which Black marching bands played Sun Ra’s music unannounced in public spaces. Space Is the Place (A March for Sun Ra) (2010) documents the first such intervention, and featured the musicians of Rich South High School surging into a commercial plaza in Chicago’s Chinatown while performing the visionary’s most famous tune, “Space Is the Place.” By refusing to seek municipal permission for these events, Smith announced a prior, communal claim to the city as both a shared landscape and a psychic domain. In the process, her own work acquired another dimension: She no longer simply filmed the city; she activated it....

Protest culture, with its performative aspects, processions, and visual messaging, stirred Smith to contribute to the work while expanding its stakes. “Protesters always make gorgeous banners,” she told me. “What if I made it as if it was forever? It’s not about power, it’s about holding the space indefinitely. Future and past, you want to hold all of that. You want to celebrate, you want to protest, you want to do all at once.” ...

Twelve women in colorful bohemian outfits walk the banners among the sculptures, the letters casting strong shadows in the desert light. Later the women sit on folding chairs before a transistor radio, and listen to a section of the Combahee River Collective Statement, the Black feminist manifesto issued in 1977. The section culminates this way: “We reject pedestals, queenhood, and walking ten paces behind. To be recognized as human, levelly human, is enough.” Music by Alice Coltrane swells before a final tableau.
art  public_space  collection  blackness  race  futurism 
19 days ago by shannon_mattern
Reverse Gentrification of the Future Now: Essay by Rasheedah Phillips | FringeArts
Time and temporal inequities show up at every step of the eviction process, for example, from the short or fully waivable notice requirements for termination of a lease agreement, to the time required for an evicted family to vacate a unit that is severely out of line with the time needed to secure new housing. Inevitably, marginalized Black communities are disproportionately impacted by both material, spatial, and temporal inequalities in a linear progressive society, with many Black communities forced to occupy “temporal ghettos” as well as spatial ones.

Circuit City considers both the implications of time and of space involved in privatization of public housing, gentrification, displacement, and redevelopment. There is no set year or place in the play, but instead a layering of multiple temporal spaces. The residents of Circuit City are integrating the time(s) of redevelopment, privatization, and hyper-gentrification, into the pre-established temporal dynamics of the community, layered over and within the communal historical memory and the shared idea of the future(s) of that community. Nested within those layers are individual, subjective temporalities and the lived realities of the residents, at odds with the linear, mechanical model of time on which Circuit City and its external spatial-temporal constructs are etched. It takes as its central provocation a practical strategy for achieving a Black flight, a reverse gentrification, and inverse displacement, and the conditions necessary for temporal autonomy and spatial agency. Circuit City is presented using Black Quantum Futurism praxis as a critical framework, fusing Afrodiasporan philosophies and rituals with quantum physics, recovering artifacts of Black temporal consciousness, and dismantling oppressive social temporal constructs.
housing  futurism  race  gentrification  temporality 
20 days ago by shannon_mattern
POSTmatter - In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain
Artwork: Myth and history collide in our preview of Larissa Sansour's short film, exploring the politicised archeology of Israel and Palestine's geography

Jerusalem-born artist Larissa Sansour’s upcoming short film ‘In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain’ is an exploration into the role of myth and fiction on history and its documentation, inspired by the politicised archaeology carried out in present day Israel and Palestine.

Taking the form of fictional video essay and interview, it is set across a post-apocalyptic desert landscape and narrated by the leader of an imaginary resistance group. The leader’s voice-over is illustrated by science fiction based visuals, where present-day scenes are melded with archived photographs. Photographs join together to become an archived army, acting as the leader’s resistance group. Travelling back in time, they plant a fake assortment of elaborate porcelain under the ground for future archaeologists to excavate. As the leader explains, such fictional pieces will support the future myth that a nation of advanced Palestinians have claim on their vanishing land. With such actions she hopes to prove that history is not based on truth and fact, but rather myth and fiction.
archaeology  nationalism  futurism  film 
25 days ago by shannon_mattern

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