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MoMA PS1 and Triple Canopy launch 50 days of speculation about the future, May 12- July 28th

May 12, 2013

Triple Canopy is pleased to announce Spec­u­la­tions (“The future is ______”), fifty days of lec­tures, dis­cus­sions, and debates about the future, as part of EXPO 1: New York at MoMA PS1. Spec­u­la­tions will take place from May 12 to July 28, in a struc­ture cre­at­ed by artist José León Cer­ril­lo and in an instal­la­tion designed by artist Adrián Vil­lar Rojas.

We know all the ways the world will end. And yet, we con­tin­ue. Our action in the present implies an opti­mism about the future, even if that opti­mism is skep­ti­cal, wor­ried, or dark. For Spec­u­la­tions (“The future is ______”), Triple Canopy is invit­ing writ­ers, artists, sci­en­tists, activists, econ­o­mists, and tech­nol­o­gists to bet on futures they want to see real­ized and to describe them as clear­ly as pos­si­ble, while con­sid­er­ing what demands the­se futures make on the present. The spec­u­la­tions will take the form of dai­ly lec­tures and debates in Vil­lar Rojas’s instal­la­tion and dis­cus­sions with­in the struc­ture cre­at­ed by Cer­ril­lo.

All Spec­u­la­tions par­tic­i­pants will be fill­ing out a stan­dard ques­tion­naire about their future and its demands on the present, for even­tu­al pub­li­ca­tion. The pub­lic is also invit­ed to spec­u­late on the future and recon­sid­er the present by answer­ing the ques­tion­naire, which will be avail­able all sum­mer at MoMA PS1.

Par­tic­i­pants include Lau­rie Ander­son, Arjun Appadu­rai, Jacob Appel­baum, David Auer­bach, Ray Brassier, Ted Chi­ang, Jace Clay­ton, Adam Cohen, John Crow­ley, Ruth DeFries, Samuel Delany, Sil­via Fed­eri­ci, Peter Frase, Rivka Galchen, Alex Goure­vitch, David Grae­ber, Group The­o­ry, N. Kather­ine Hayles, Myung Mi Kim, Katie Kita­mu­ra, Josh Kline, Ben­jam­in Kunkel, Ajay Kuri­an, Rachel Kush­n­er, Lynn Her­sh­man Leeson, Marie Lorenz, Dan­ny Mar­cus, Mary Mat­ting­ly, Joseph McEl­roy, Mau­reen McHugh, Yates McK­ee, Mileece, John Miller, Naeem Mohaiemen, Evgeny Moro­zov, Ted Nel­son, Trevor Paglen, Ash­win Para­meswaran, Lau­ra Poitras, Fati­ma Al Qadiri, Srikan­th Red­dy, Ben Rivers, Kim Stan­ley Robin­son, Carne Ross, Nor­man Rush, Sask­ia Sassen, Astra Tay­lor, Mier­le Lader­man Uke­les, Ellen Ull­man, Kathi Weeks, and Ben Wiz­n­er. The full sched­ule will be announced soon.

Call for Appli­ca­tions
Spec­u­la­tions (“The future is ______”) is a school of sorts, and its suc­cess depends on reg­u­lar atten­dance by a ded­i­cat­ed stu­dent body, who will devel­op their own spec­u­la­tions about the future over the course of a summer’s worth of dis­cus­sions. Triple Canopy is look­ing to enlist a group of fif­teen to twen­ty-five stu­dents who can pre­pare for and attend class­es on week­ends and Mon­day, Thurs­day, and Fri­day after­noons. You are invit­ed to apply by com­plet­ing our ques­tion­naire about your spec­u­la­tive future. Appli­ca­tions are due May 5. Stu­dents will be given free admis­sion to MoMA PS1 every day Spec­u­la­tions is in ses­sion, and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to revise their ques­tion­naires for inclu­sion in a book com­pil­ing the summer’s spec­u­la­tions. Please email speculations@​canopycanopycanopy.​com with any ques­tions.

Mon­days, Thurs­days (except July 4), and Fri­days
One speak­er will give a two-part pre­sen­ta­tion, each part an hour long. The first part, a sem­i­nar, tak­ing place at 2 p.m., will be a dis­cus­sion of a his­tor­i­cal spec­u­la­tion on the future—a short text or oth­er work that the speak­er has found gen­er­a­tive. The sec­ond part, a talk or lec­ture, tak­ing place at 4 p.m., will present the speaker’s own spec­u­la­tion on the future, to be fol­lowed by a Q&A.

Sat­ur­days (through June 22), Sun­days, and Thurs­day, July 4
Week­end days and July Fourth will have a wider range of for­mats: debate, con­ver­sa­tion, keynote, per­for­mance, etc. Gen­er­al­ly, ses­sions will begin at 3 p.m. (times will vary) and last for up to two hours.

About EXPO 1: New York
EXPO 1: New York is a large-scale explo­ration of eco­log­i­cal chal­lenges in the con­text of the eco­nom­ic and sociopo­lit­i­cal insta­bil­i­ty of the ear­ly twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry. Act­ing in the guise of a fes­ti­val-as-insti­tu­tion, EXPO 1: New York recon­sid­ers the muse­um from the ground up, pre­sent­ing a simul­tane­ity of mod­ules, inter­ven­tions, solo projects, and group exhi­bi­tions that encom­pass all of MoMA PS1 and oth­er loca­tions such as MoMA and Rock­away Beach. EXPO 1: New York is made pos­si­ble by a part­ner­ship with Volk­swa­gen.


May 12, 2013 
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