'Starbucks franchises personally managed by Joseph Stalin' and other avenirs of the Internet

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Description Departing from the text of Hito Steyerl 'Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead?', the lecture-workshop organised by Avenir Institute (Denis Maksimov & Timo Tuominen) will focus on further analytical and philosophical speculations on subject of potentialities ('avenirs'), that the Internet still might deliver in order to disrupt society, politics and economy. The methodology of avenirologic analysis of futures, which the duo has been developing since issuing in the summer 2015 the book 'Introduction of Avenirology: blueprint into metamodern futures', will be presented as the strategy of futuristic inquiries.
Website(s) www.avenirinstitute.info
Type Talk
Kids session No
Keyword(s) social, political, art, network, web, security
Tags politics, philosophy, futurism, futurology, post-conceptual art, art and technology
Person organizing Poliaesthete
Language en - English
en - English
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Subtitle 'Starbucks franchises personally managed by Joseph Stalin' and other avenirs of the Internet
Starts at 2015/12/28 11:00
Ends at 2015/12/28 14:00
Duration 180 minutes
Location Anarchist Village

- 'Is the internet dead? This is not a metaphorical question. It does not suggest that the internet is dysfunctional, useless or out of fashion. It asks what happened to the internet after it stopped being a possibility. The question is very literally whether it is dead, how it died and whether anyone killed it.' (Hito Steyerl, 'Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead?')

What are the potentialities ('avenirs') of the digital to redefine the currents of crises-striken politics, economy and social sphere? Following the introductory lecture by Denis Maksimov and Timo Tuominen, in which they will contextualise problematics of futures analysis, the participants will be invited to speculate around potentialities of the Internet to unlock the alternative visions for societal development. The lecture-workshop will be set in the format of art & theory laboratory, which was developed by the duo for Nationless Pavilion in the context of the 56th Venice Biennale this year.

- ‘Avenirs’ are ‘the Others’. But these are sudden and lucky changes. Unseen cracks of the system, that open up for us the portal of possibilities, potentials and hopes. They are ‘the lovers’, that change our lives forever from the moment we encountered them in the public space.' (Denis Maksimov, 'Introduction of Avenirology: blueprint into metamodern futures') - 'One way to discover the preferred reality is with the tools of Avenirology. We take a set of values as a basis for the construction of a future, and let everything else dramatically change. The resulting future will be at best a poor compromise, but the question is whether it is an acceptable one or not. If not, we need to go back to the beginning and adjust our presumed set of criteria' (Timo Tuominen, 'Introduction of Avenirology: blueprint into metamodern futures')