Futures in Process:  Of Sites Rendering Speculation

Fables of the Swaying Worlds

The goal of this proposal is to bring about a ​Speculative Future​ which would be the solution to an ongoing process, or rather, create a context from which you would be able to compose the aforementioned ​Speculative Future.

The premise of such a speculation would be quite spatially limited in its physicality. You are confronted with your immediate surroundings. They consist of two things: the home itself and its inhabitants. So what precisely happens in such environments? If we take it task by task, day by day, our new domestic routines might seem almost repetitive but they do tend to provide structure. It’s akin to how when first learning a foreign language you had to describe and frame your day by listing what you were doing each hour. Through this process of continual recurrence we are also, in a way, learning how to navigate in this new world through the language of newfound scenarios we find ourselves in.

It’s been established that a world like this comes with its own routines, but the question is whether they come with more positive connotations or rather worrisome ones. Routines become habits, so yes, in an unsure world, they come off as useful. However, a routine is also the process of an action that keeps repeating itself again and again, until something you once loved and valued becomes a Sisyphean nightmare.

This might mean we are filling a lazy afternoon with making up fables just like soap bubbles that pop in an instance. See, some of them are made of glass, still fragile but cold as ice. Through our collective consciousness the many fables we weave might even become a “’fabrication of giants’” (Deleuze & Guattari 171).1 It sounds so easy! In cooking fables and knotting their fabric together we prepare our pharmakon2; the remedy, poison, and scapegoat in one shifting form. The recipe goes as follows; making, coming into existence, un-making; worlding, and un-worlding. Like a desire which might be a virtue and a vice in one. It might act upon itself, and we should not forget the scapegoat that is us ourselves.

1 Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. ​What is philosophy?.​Columbia University Press, 1994.

2 Derrida, Jacques. “Plato’s pharmacy.” 1981.

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Working group:
Tereza Holubová, Teuta Jonuzi, Jana Siren
Graphic design: Daša Vašková, proofreading and translation: Joe Duruji