Which are the stories that are shaping our world? Is there agency in storytelling? A common element in visions and history is a successful narrative, and as we begin to understand the importance of good storytelling in shaping our environments, can we make stories more strategic? Can fiction become a planning tool?
Our habitat has been the protagonist of visionary narratives since the early days of speculative fiction, with “Metropolis” the first feature length science-fiction film being produced in 1927. The film’s plot and spectacular scenography, warned of a dystopian future built on the class struggle of an endless city, and as our post-truth reality approaches these centennial nightmares of oppression, vertigo, and mirror facades, could there be a way to envision aspirations that will fuel our common future, instead of crafting warnings which end up being our contemporary dystopia?
The time-moderated discussion is built on an informal conversation, integrating short presentations from four contemporary practices active at the intersection of art and design, which emphasis investigating the visionary and ephemeral. The presentations span between 10 and 20 minutes each, allowing for interjections and will be followed by an open discussion between the participants.