Meeting Series: Paths of Futures
Dialogue: Skins of the Future
November 28, 2023

This online meeting organized by the 2084 Futures Imagined from the South Program, brought together prominent Colombian academics with the student authors of the imaginations created within the framework of the exercise proposed in the subject Introducción al Conocimiento Proyectual II, Taller Santangelo – Cátedra Ecenarro del Ciclo Básico Común (CBC) de la Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (FADU-UBA).

Under the direction of the coordinator of 2084, Juan Manuel González Scobie, and after a brief introduction by its director Margarita Gutman, Andrea Santangelo, head of the Workshop, announced the objectives and foundations of the exercise whose motto consisted of taking a trip imaginary, playful and exploratory to 2084, propose your imaginations in a graphic way. She presented the trigger questions of the exercise inspired by the “5 skins” theory, developed by the architect, multidisciplinary artist and environmentalist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000).

Next, in two groups, the students presented their imaginations and then spoke with Alma Sarmiento, Director of the Arts Program at the Faculty of Creation, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá; and Diego Cagueñas, Professor of the Department of Social Studies, ICESI University, Cali, Colombia.

Group 1:

Group 2:

Following what was reported by each group, Alma and Diego asked some specific questions while opening reflective spaces about:

  • What is the future: “The future does not exist,” was noted in relation to the writing Le futur n’existe pas: rétrotypes (The future does not exist: retrotypes), where the philosopher Élie During affirms that science fiction allows time to be destructured and defamiliarize yourself from the present.
  • Insistence on the idea of a predetermined future: importance of experiencing the capacity for wonder, the unforeseeable.
  • Technological saturation, especially through the invasion of networks in the private sphere. Need for disconnection and purging. Technology at the service of dystopia, which attacks the experience of technological disconnection in free time.
  • Representation techniques: predominance of collage, a technique used as a “revolutionary” semantic resource within the Historical Avant-garde of the 20th century, appropriate today although emptied of its original purpose/content. “Desulting” of the image.
  • Risk of a future imposed through images obtained by a technology (Google/generative AI) that reinforces a unidirectional official narrative and shapes the gaze. Awareness of possible openness to other types of sources.
  • The image as mediation: rescue of the meaning of the word image from its Greek etymology, imago. The image as a ghost where belief is affirmed.
  • Emphasis on the urban. Absence of de-escalation.
  • Inclusion of a “domesticated” nature, convenient to the hegemonic textual/visual discourse, which limits the imagination by delimiting it.

The meeting concluded with the presentation of a video with all the imaginations presented by the 400 students of the course and with the mutual gratitude on the part of the students, academics and members of the program, which made it possible to sustain the interest of the general public for almost 3 hours. Full of enthusiasm to continue the task of continuing to work together for an open, inclusive, better future.

The future is today
Occupy the future!

About 2084 Imagined Futures from the South

The future is currently a field in dispute, inclusive futures require considering the aspirations of society as a whole and not only of the sectors that are used to exercising their “capacity to aspire” (Appadurai, 2004). So that the future includes us all it is crucial to activate each imagination and encourage everyone to occupy the everyday life of the future.

We summon imaginations and amplify the voices of those that usually go unheard.

The future will be what we imagine and do today.

Travel to 2084 and tell what you see, hear, smell, feel, think, dream, fear, desire…

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