Invented Futures

Invented Futures brings together artists, writers, researchers and designers around the principles of speculative thinking to reframe dominant ideas about the future and its alternatives.
Invented Futures is a research collective based at Spike Island. Invented Futures brings together artists, writers, researchers and designers around the principles of speculative thinking to reframe dominant ideas about the future and its alternatives. We ask the following questions:
What kind of knowledge, systems and capabilities are required to imagine and build alternative futures?
How might speculation, from thought experiments to fiction, to performance and prototypes, provoke dialogue and change?
Invented Futures is a platform currently made up of a network of designers, artists, performers, sociologists, science policy researchers, computer science researchers, robot ethicists, filmmakers, philosophers, human-computer interaction researchers and speculative fiction writers.
18:30 - 20:00

14th October THURSDAY

New Tools For The Future

In a world where technology can often take away independence and agency, and emerging technology can seem to dominate how we see ourselves in the future, what kinds of “tools” do we have to make and remake - even dismantle! - our relationship with the future.
Including voices from diverse ranges of disciplines such as ecology, mycology, quantum physics, social science and design, Invented Futures will touch on the biggest issues troubling the future from niche perspectives.
Whether you’re looking for ways to create new relationships between past, present and future
if you’re questioning the very framing of linear time as a basis for understanding the world
if you’re wondering about how to go about conditions for sustainable futures
or if you didn’t know that you should be wondering about any of this in the first place - we want you to come along and learn new, accessible (yet strange) tools for the future.
Our steering questions for New Tools For The Future:
What can the connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software show us about how to rethink our relationship with the future?
How might technologies of ecology and system-making in nature such as mycology, teach us a thing or two about technologies embedded in society?
What is it about the edge of chaos that leads to creation of new ideas?
How might different cultural and historical traditions of thinking about time enrich the way we live alongside emerging technologies?