Collaborative visions of the future / by Nick Ierodiaconou A callout by Anab Jain for collaborators to work with her on The Powers of 8 - to be exhibited at the Watermans gallery July - October...

“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.”

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