Future Histories, Speculative Sites (APA2008.01)

Elae Moss, MFA Teaching Fellow

This workshop space is designed as a lab for experimental thinking across media, inviting participants to envision speculative futures both collectively and independently as we explore strategies for worldbuilding across a range of disciplines. Together, we will consider contemporary and historic models of speculative thinking and explore its forms in practice, from literature and film to visual, conceptual, and performance art, to architecture, urban and landscape design, and beyond, looking to precedent strategies for grounding our own projections in field study and research. Students will build a shared data bank of ecological, cultural, political and other resources on which they will draw to create their own sited speculative narratives, culminating in a proposal for a future built and/or cultural project within that framework (which can be presented in a range of media based on students’ core disciplines). Together, too, we consider modes of contemporary and historical meaning making, looking explicitly to explore alternative sources of data and lineages of record keeping and storytelling that might inform futurecasting outside our current socio-cultural canons of thinking and making.


Learning Outcomes:
- Collective practice around research and public resource development across disciplines as a solidarity strategy for changemaking within and beyond institutions.

- Participants will explore use of the speculative framework as a model for contemporary cultural participation for all humans in the anthropocene / during climate crisis, while engaging with and deepening familiarity with contemporary and precedent practices using this lens.

- Together we will dive deeply into the question of meaning-making as a human practice, and think about how we might re/orient our relationship to ontological forms.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
F 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

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