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

As the future is increasingly anticipated by emerging technology, uncertainty, complexity, or climate and infrastructure crises, Invented Futures asks you to join in asking what kinds of new “tools” do we need to make and remake our relationship with the future.
 
Hear from the perspective from Experimental Physics discovering at the edge of chaos, to the ways dreams, mythmaking and fantasy are key tools for communicating new discoveries, in order to build an alternative toolkit for thinking about the future.

New Tools for the Future will ask:

  • How do we know what we know about the future and our agency in it, and how can we go beyond that?
  • 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?

The panel: 

Professor Antonella de Santo founded the University of Sussex team working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. In 2013, she became the first woman to hold the position of Professor of Physics at the university. In 2017, she received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Antonella is making world-leading contributions to the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model, currently focusing on the search for Supersymmetry. Prior to her work on ATLAS, for about a decade she had been making leading contributions to the study of neutrino oscillations. 

Dr Franziska Kohlt is a researcher in Science Communication, the History of Science & Literature at University of York. She completed her doctoral research at Oxford on Victorian fantasy writers and their work and thinking as scientists, and how it was the language and imagination of fantasy that gave psychology its vehicles for making science breakthrough discoveries - including evolutionary psychology, or dreams -  imaginable and understandable to scientific and public communities well beyond their time. She is the editor of The Lewis Carroll Review and Reviews Editor of the British Society for Literature and Science.

Maria Leonard is a cultural researcher with a particular focus, separately, on the future; death; and diasporas. She is founder/producer of Invented Futures and Editor-in-Chief of Qisetna: Talking Syria, as well as a writer and poet.