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Future Fabulators

[EN] Future Fabulators encourages us to imagine, experience and investigate living in a range of possible futures, designed as artistic experiments today. It takes uncertainty as a creative challenge in creating cultural spaces in which visions of everyday life in the time ahead become tangible and discussable. FF merges the voices of futurists, scientists, artists, policy makers and economists with those of the experts of everyday life, aiming to raise awareness about the impact of future visions on contemporary culture and lifestyle. FF uses techniques from physical narration, context aware narrative and future pre-enactment to translate future scenarios into storyworlds, that are built as immersive situations in public and private spaces, designed to be playfully explored and enacted by a broad populace.

Read more about our research and experiments on the Future Fabulators wiki.

Future Fabulators is a project by Time's Up, in collaboration with FoAM, M-ITI and AltArt.

With the Support of the Culture 2007-2013 Framework of the European Union and the Flemish Authorities.


[NL] Future Fabulators is een Europees project in het kader van het Cultuur 2007-2013-programma van de Europese Commissie. FoAM, Time's Up (Oostenrijk), Madeira Institute of Technology (Portugal) en AltArt (Roemenië) zijn de partnerorganisaties. Future Fabulators spoort ons aan om ons het leven in uiteenlopende toekomstmogelijkheden in te beelden, te exploreren en zelfs te ervaren. We nemen onzekerheid als een creatieve uitdaging om artistieke experimenten te creëren waar toekomstvisies tastbaar en bespreekbaar worden. In dit project ontwerpt FoAM een reeks toekomstscenario's en vertalen we ze naar prototypes van verschillende toekomstmogelijkheden, de zgn. prehearsals of future pre-enactments – vergelijkbaar met generale repetities, maar dan voor de toekomst. Op die manier kunnen we de vraag “wat als?” in een veilige omgeving aan den lijve ondervinden en van daaruit reflecteren op onze plaats in de toekomst.

Lees meer op de Future Fabulators wiki.

Microresidency Scott Smith (part 2)

Further explorations with Scott Smith

Microresidency Stuart Candy

A short stopover residency by the futurist Stuart Candy at FoAM Brussels.

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Future Fabulators Splash

A Futurist's Fieldguide

A Futurist's Fieldguide is a workbook and manual for people interested in experimenting with futures techniques in practice. The ...

Enacting Futures in Postnormal Times

This paper discusses why working with futures is particularly relevant in times of social and environmental turbulence and suggests that ...

Futurish

There are always reasons why some one writes and dis tributes abook. The "why" of this book can be an ...

Making Things Physical

In this paper we present a cross-section of FoAM and Time’s Up’s work with physical narratives (PNs), which ...

Enacting Futures (on Experiential Futures)

"Enacting futures in postnormal times", article by Nik Gaffney and Maja Kuzmanovic has now been published in a special edition ...

Thriving in Uncertainty / Floreren in Onzekerheid

Two versions of the text "Thriving in Uncertainty" by Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney have been published recently, one in ...

Animation and Animism, a family residency

Stacey Moran, Adam Nocek, Ivy and Fiona Hewett came to FoAM in Brussels to investigate how our research on Japanese ...

Fo[am]tones party

Gypsy pedlars of coloured pills, they grin angelically while pushing their strange wares. Manufactured in underground kitchens beneath the labyrinthine ...

FoAM Digest Winter 02015

Greetings from FoAM’s wintry studios. The weather is still chilly outside, but the atmosphere at FoAM is warming up ...

Navigating the Anthropocene

A short update on FoAM’s recent initiatives entangling environmental and techno-social phenomena, including a trip to the Russian Arctic ...

Future Fabulators at the Futures Lab of Future Fictions

FoAM’s involvement in Future Fictions, the exhibition at Z33 in Hasselt, is slowly coming to an end. Since early ...

Experiencing the intangible

The smell of salt and the sound of the ocean’s swirling, crackling breath were my first impressions of Ponta ...

Dark Ecology

Twice this year I have travelled north of the Arctic Circle, once to Greenland around Solstice, during the yearly cycle ...

Gefaaliciteerd!

Nietsdoen. Heerlijke paradox. Op de trein op weg naar de ‚work’’shop’ waar we ‚toekomsten van nietsdoen’ gaan exploreren, lees ...

Opening Future Fictions

Future Fiction Opens on Saturday 4th of October 2014. The exhibition explores how contemporary artists, designers and architects relate to ...

Experimental futures

In our guise as a speculative culture laboratory we've been circling around the field of futures for several years ...

Interstitial Cultures

From its early beginnings as a cultural department in scientific research institute, FoAM has positioned itself as a refuge for ...

Foodscapes, today and tomorrow

It’s no secret that the relationship between food, health and the environment is close to FoAM’s heart. We ...

Lucid Dreaming a Storyworld

This is the third blog post of the Time's Up/Austria trilogy, and concludes the series. (Sort of.) It ...

Data Ecologies 14

This post seeks to narrate and summarise the proceedings of the recent Data Ecologies 14 symposium from the skewed viewpoint ...

Attersee Booksprint

This is the second of a three-part blog series that tells of how we travelled to Austria, went on strange ...

Fringejoyride Residency Review

I came to FoAM to resolve a very large mental block about my most recent project on a new speculative ...

Food, futures and food futures

April was a month of disparate explorations at FoAM bxl. We began with designing an Open Sauces dinner, then hosted ...

From the antipodean research retreat

How to imagine, discuss and rehearse a multiplicity of possible, probable and preferred futures? What do futures studies, improvisation, play ...

Improving Reality 2013 - Maja Kuzmanovic

Practical Utopias

Designed as a site-specific reality game inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s World Game simulation, Practical Utopias aimed to be a ...

A changeist in microresidency

While discussing various plans to continue FoAM's experiments with prehearsals and ARNs, we were introduced to Scott Smith's ...

PULSE Visiedag III

  • Sep 16th 2014 to Sep 16th 2014

Vervolg op http://fo.am/pulse-visiedag-1/ gefocust op transitiepaden voor een (culturele) wereld in ...

Late Lab Open Sauces

  • Edinburgh. UK.
  • Apr 20th 2014 to Apr 20th 2014

FoAM's Open Sauces event focuses on possible futures of food at the Edinburgh ...