OPEN SET SUMMER SCHOOL 2016
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, ROTTERDAM
Future thinking is an integral part of human culture. Future imaginations of the Great Escape, Ideal Beauty or Immortality are as old as human beings yet the way to approach them continuously changes. If once beauty was regarded as the beauty in front of God, it later has been symmetry or rather asymmetry while it soon might be the pure inner beauty that counts.
The perspective below provides an overview of the most relevant aspects of future thinking, starting out with the religious belief, which was gradually ousted as gatekeeper of the future by science during enlightenment. At the same time it introduces the transition from the era of science to the post-science era, a period in which scientific expertise is ridiculed, the omnipotence of technology vanishes and knowledge becomes a product.
The post-science era is not turning its back on knowledge but combines it with the sensual. This process might be fueled by the inflationary usage of sensors and transmitters that constantly detect the mood and spirit of the people. Feelings get a value: culturally, politically and in particular economically.
Theo Deutinger and Stefanos Filippas developed the timeline Future Fictions for Z33. The wide field of future thinking housed a variety of experts and agenda's over the years. Theo Deutinger and Stefanos Filippas map this domain in a large wall print in which the perspective contains a timeline. They thus take you on a ride through the history, present and future of future thinking. Three extended periods — religion, science and post-science — mark our relation to future thinking, while seven categories attempt to group a wide collection of future visions.