Guidelines of the Museum of Futures
The Museum of Futures is under construction. The Museum of Futures is built in time rather than space, activating local nodes of creative speculation about the future. Its heritage does not only consist of a compilation of objects from the past with global historical or aesthetic value, but of local impressions of the future with creative, speculative and cultural value. This museum shares imaginations of futures that are not necessarily technological spawned, as a creative game on the everyday.
The heritage of the Museum of Futures is unspecific and at the same time absolutely necessary. The founding idea of this museum is playful speculation about Latin American identity.
This Museum of Futures, besides documenting the futures of the past, opens a series of local public calls for creative production of imagined futures, and invites the sharing for speculative creative collective experiences, community future laboratories. We use the idea of the contemporary museum as a metaphor to structure this collective work.
The Museum of Futures has five operational functions for the general 2084 project: 1) conservation (digital archives about the future); 2) curation (narrative threads); 3) production (publication); 4) mediation (liaison with and between local audiences); and 5) communication (dissemination).
The Museum of Futures is part of the project 2084 Imagined Futures from the South. It is a specific mechanism to address one of the four activities of this project: to gather and share imaginations of the future activated in different communities in various Latin American cities. The 2084 project takes the creative samples shared through this museum as an input to build dialogues between citizens and specialists from diverse fields and different cities. These dialogues will produce documented knowledge that will be connected with decision makers, converting the results of the calls into pragmatic inputs to transfer the results to government agencies and other interested actors.