Technoscience Salon

Compositions and Decompositions of an Oak Savannah, Images by Ayelen Liberona

2016-17 :: (De)Composing Futures

Join us for the 2016-17 Technoscience Salon

In the wake of anxieties about looming ruin and apocalypse, this year’s Technoscience Salon opens up a space for artists, scientists, activists, and scholars to consider anew how it is we grapple with uncertain futures. Each of our events gathers together makers and thinkers to question the imaginaries shaping prevailing visions of “the future.” We ask: Is it possible to disrupt assumptions about the inevitability of some futures and the impossibility of others? What alter-futurities might be fomented? Which are already in-the-making? And which appear to be foreclosed?  What might be dismantled to make room for other futurities?  How might different orientations to time and temporalities transform how we imagine futures?  Read our full provocation here.

This year’s events directly engage sites that are potent for thinking alter-futures.

In the Fall we visit High Park’s remnant Oak Savannah ecosystem to think alongside artists, storytellers, naturalists, and park stewards about the future of an urban ecology that is both in the making and coming undone. And we visit Lake Ontario with artists, digital-makers, and thinkers to reimagine Indigenous and decolonial futurities and transform our relationships with water, gaming, and the digital.

In the Winter we turn our attention to decay and decomposition by exploring how seeing and sensing can propel alter-futurities. The Salon will  also host experiments in plant/human collaboration as we gather plant studies scholars and artists together to imagine ways of doing life in the Planthropocene, an aspirational episteme already in the making in the wake of the Anthropocene concept.


 

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