The exhibition ‘Ey, Alter!’, about desirable futures of ageing, which we conceived and exhibited at the Waterkant Festival 2022.
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?
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?
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?
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Book Publication: Images of the Future and Futures Studies
No time like now: Desirable futures for (post-pandemic) tourism
Speculating about alternative future tourisms and infrastructures.
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.
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.
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