The Future is a Collective Project
The new moon in Aries (Thursday April 7th)
This a participatory research group, akin to a reading group but not limited to texts. It is grounded in the question: Are we carrying the right tools to shape the future we want and need?
Through collectively viewing, reading, talking and thinking about art works/texts/books/films/projects, that address the idea of the future from the position of ‘the other’, it is hoped that the group can begin to explore the following:
// Marginalised ideas and practices of the past being essential considerations in thinking about the future;
// The future as a tool of fiction for asserting our desires and articulating what is missing or ignored in the present;
// The possibilities of future thinking from the position of ‘the other’
The Future is a Collective Project aims to provide a fortnightly space to pool knowledge whilst slowing down, regrouping, considering and planning.
In the interest of moving outside of the Western and patriarchal construction of clock time and its characterisations of past, present and future, meetings will be scheduled according to the lunar calendar.
In this session, we will be watching the 1980s film adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s sci-fi novel, ‘The Lathe of Heaven’, followed by a discussion of its themes.
Set in a dystopian near future Portland, Oregon, protagonist George Orr is afflicted by uncontrollable ‘effective’ dreams that change reality. His psychiatrist, William Haber, seizes upon the opportunity to use one of his invented machines and hypnosis induced dream states to influence Orr’s dreams and thus change reality. The battle is played out between the Haber’s increasingly megalomaniac impositions upon the state of the world at the mercy of Orr and Orr’s conviction that forcing change leaves too much destruction in its wake.
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon. As of 2015, she has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many honors and awards including Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, and the National Book Foundation Medal. Her most recent publications are The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, 2012, and Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, 2015.
The Future is a Collective Project is grounded in the research of Goldsmiths MFA Curating student and Green Ray co-director, Nathalie Boobis. All participants will be credited as researchers in her work and any participant that wishes to use the sessions for their own research is encouraged to do so.
If you haven’t already, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in attending in order to get an idea of numbers and be added to the mailing list.