Posted: July 14th, 2009 | Author: Anab | Filed under: Calls for Collaboration, Events, Speculative Futures | Tags: building, cultural olympiad, futurscaping, London2012, making stuff, open weekend, participation | No Comments »
As part of the London 2012 Open Weekend and the Cultural Olympiad, Watermans have organised a weekend of public engagement at their Gallery on 25th and 26th July, for the ‘Power of 8′ project, and would like to invite you to join us from 1pm to 4pm on both days. Together we will be using LEGO and various other materials to create future cityscapes containing robots and farms and airships and whatever else you can think of!
Also we would like you to bring something with you - a found object, an image from the internet, anything that in a small way represents your personal aspiration for the future.
Here’s the poster for the event, there will be a lot of ‘hands-on’ making and building, which should be fun. So do come along, and bring friends with you!
Posted: April 4th, 2009 | Author: Anab | Filed under: Posts by Anab | Tags: aspirations, call, futures, participation, powerof8 | No Comments »
Formal exchanges and signatures are done and the deadlines are in place, so the project is now officially ‘live’. The full details about the project are in the ‘About’ section. Here is just a little blurb:
“The Power of 8’ is a collaborative project, which aims to build a public discourse around people’s individual aspirations for the future.
Today, in face of, what seems to be, a melt down of economic systems, the foreboding environmental crisis, not to mention regular threats of war, terror and even the remote possibility of a technological singularity, we are (once again) living that moment in history, where images of a ‘dark future’ have become mainstream. Scientists, futurists and artists have commented about this crisis in their own way, and we are bombarded with predictions about the possible worst case scenarios.
While the fact that we live in a world of finite resources stands true, how do we, as members of the civil society, translate, what might seem to be relatively abstract predictions of the future, into our everyday lives? Where do they collide with our individual aspirations of the habitable, or even ‘perfect’ future worlds we desire? In ‘Power of 8…’, I would like to meet the voices of concern and the faces of gloom head on, and offer counter points by engaging directly with people. I will work directly with 7 people to explore what their ideas of a ‘future’ constitutes.”
In the first phase of the project, spread over the next couple of weeks, I am looking for team mates from different walks of life to come on board: teachers, civil servants, economists, politicians, nurses, doctors, students, shopkeepers, accountants, entrepreneurs… I am looking for people who may be tired of the ‘collapse’ and all these predictions of the worst case scenario future, people who are eager to talk about their own dreams, people who will be happy to get some money to just try make stuff on a 3d printer or a laser cutter, or just have someone make a film for them. Or maybe they want to stick a poster somewhere. Or just talk. Anything.
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, or know of anyone who may be interested, email me: email@example.com
Over the months of May, June and July, 8 of us will develop ideas for the show, which will open in the Watermans gallery from 26th July. However we will continue developing the work in the gallery space, for the private view in September.