‚Ey, Alter!‘ – Our exhibition on the futures of ageing

Project

The exhibition ‘Ey, Alter!’, about desirable futures of ageing, which we conceived and exhibited at the Waterkant Festival 2022.

Challenge

Ageing has a bad reputation. We compare beauty with ‘looking young’ and are afraid of all the things we “won’t be able to do anymore”. 
We worry about our pensions, our mobility, our relationships and about loneliness – and of course, about our health. But is ‘ageing’ really so bad?

Approach

In Futures Probes, we challenge the status quo of ageing and the concepts associated with it. We focus on what is ‘desirable’: what constitutes a good life? What does it mean to ‘age’ and what can we learn from experienced ‘ageers’? What might alternative future visions on the topic of ‘ageing’ look like? And how do we want to shape our own experience of ageing in the future?

Outcome

We designed the interactive and immersive installation ‘Ey, Alter!’, which was presented at the Waterkant Festival 2022. In it, visitors gain insights into individual people’s hopes and ideas about the future of ageing, learn more about ‘futures thinking’ and are challenged to ask themselves the question: What does ‘ageing’ actually mean to me and how would I like my own ‘growing old’ to be like in the future?

Interested in working with us?

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Book Publication: Images of the Future and Futures Studies

Project Academic book publication with the title Zukunftsbilder und Zukunftsforschung – Wünsche, Visionen und Visualisierungen (Images of the Future and Future Studies – Wishes, Visions…
#Talk

No time like now: Desirable futures for (post-pandemic) tourism

Project Talk at the #PRIMER21 Global Conference by The Design Futures Initiative. Challenge In countless places, the tourist sector is the main economic driving force,…
#Envision

Post-Corona Futures

Project Qualitative survey to extract “post-corona” future aspirations (from Generation Y women* living in Berlin). Challenge The coronavirus crisis brought the world to a sudden,…

Project

Speculating about alternative future tourisms and infrastructures.

Challenge

In the midst of the pandemic, what has tourism left us with? While tourism was on hold, several un(der)used tourism infrastructures had been temporarily repurposed to serve urgent needs. In the context of climate emergency and inspired by this phenomenon, we, as part of the artist collective Non Voyage, asked ourselves: How can we repurpose tourism infrastructures for planetary healing? One of our objectives was to also generate ideas for the Future Architecture Plattform.

Approach

As part of an artist collective, Non Voyage, Futures Probes co-created and co-speculated on alternative usages of tourism infrastructure. We reflected on how to reshape imaginations – the driving force behind travel – and how to redirect these imaginations towards more diverse and regenerative futures.

Outcome

We co-created a think-and-do-tank aimed at leveraging the moment of immobility opened up by the pandemic and its restrictions as an opportunity to reimagine tourism’s vast existing infrastructure as a resource for planetary healing. Some of the outputs we created:

  • Several provocative pieces of audiovisual content
  • An exhibition and discursive event in the historic Tempelhof airport terminal as part of Torhaus Berlin’s residency program for the Living The City exhibition
  • The short comic strip Touristoholics Anonymous, about an imagined future group therapy session for tourism addicts, while transposing the addiction to popular destinations of mass tourism

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Futures Probes of Tourism: The Zine

Project A zine (a self-made and self-published small magazine) on the futures of tourism. Challenge  In light of the extensive knowledge generated through our past…
#Change

Travelling into the Future: Exploring desirable futures of tourism in Spain

Project Researching futures of tourism and bringing together regional tourism actors in Spain to discuss and co-create desirable and sustainable future tourisms. Here you can…
#Talk

No time like now: Desirable futures for (post-pandemic) tourism

Project Talk at the #PRIMER21 Global Conference by The Design Futures Initiative. Challenge In countless places, the tourist sector is the main economic driving force,…