Jaeho Hwang Mix
In February 2020, the speculative fiction writing course Envisioning Other Futures started with twelve participants from all walks of life.
Indonesian artist and participant of the second edition of Other Futures, Natasha Tontey, introduces a new geological epoch as an alternative to the now popular Anthropocene, which without distinction lumps all humans together in the destruction of the earth.
Other Futures and Felix Meritis have decided to postpone Other Futures due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. The festival at Felix Meritis and the exhibition at ROZENSTRAAT – a rose is a rose is a rose will take place in 2021.
Singaporean artist Charles Lim’s ‘sea states’ series investigates his country’s ongoing geographic expansion into the surrounding seas.
Here, space is in constant flux but never infinite. SEA STATE 6 ventures 130 metres into deep sea to explore Southeast Asia’s first underground liquid hydrocarbon storage facility, the Jurong Rock Caverns. As a former Olympic sailor, Lim’s camera reveals an intimacy with water and a simultaneous awareness of its all-consuming enormity.
During her research trips in war and (post-)conflict zones Brigitte van der Sande found an unexpected amount of SF literature, visual arts, theatre and films that envision alternative futures as a way to critique existing power structures while shunning censorship.
In countries where continuous change is the status quo because of war or political instability, thinkers, artists, and writers are deeply engaged with the radical potential of the SF genre. In this talk, Van der Sande discusses how her long-term research on war led to the realisation of Other Futures, a multidisciplinary online and offline platform for thinkers and builders of other futures.
Opposing 'the story of the Ascent of Man the Hero' Le Guin offers an alternative reading of where we come from and where we are going.
Never being able to associate with the dominant story of man whose history began with the invention of the weapon and tool with which he was able to hunt and kill, Le Guin tells the story of the carrier bag. It’s a story that brings back humanity and humbleness; with people instead of heroes. Put the hero in a bag instead of on a pedestal and he looks like a potato, Le Guin laughs.
Moisés Horta Valenzuela is a composer and sound artist who works under the name Hexorcismos. His latest release ፕዪልክነቻጎኗሁዪልርጎዐ́ክ demonstrates his research in AI sound synthesis as an electronic music tool which is made exclusively with a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN). The album is entirely crafted by a model which learns to transform the pre-Hispanic folk album “Templo Mayor” (made in 1982 by composer/ musician Antonio Zepeda) into the style of Hexorcismos' signature productions.
Humanitarian aid worker, sociologist and SF writer Malka Older became known for her
Centenal Cycle trilogy (2016-2018), a political thriller about the global system of
micro democracies and the role of information.
In Older’s short story, The Legacy, protagonist Leoka hugs herself in amazement: “I am
inside Mikhailai, I am inside its brain! Well, perhaps not the brain itself. But close!”