January 2015

Start of Uncertainty Scenarios

Experimental research project

Initiated by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Amélie Bouvier

Artists involved so far: Amélie Bouvier, Marjolijn Dijkman, Myriam Mihindou, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Goldin+Senneby

Partners so far: La Conciergerie (FR), ArtBrussels (BE), Galeri NON (TR), Eduardo Matos (Plataforma Revolver, PT)

Thanks to: Anne Szefer Karlsen, Willem Vanden Eynde, Anne Marie Sampaio


Logo for Uncertainty Scenarios designed by Amelie Bouvier

Uncertainty Scenarios is a collective experimental research project that explores the ways people throughout history have tried to speculate, predict and anticipate the future and different attitudes that go along with this. The project creates a common ground for a group of artists that all share interest in the concerns of the project and aims to establish a context for the development of new works. Together we reflect on possible consequences of current global socio-political or ecological issues and question our position as artists towards these. Uncertainty Scenarios tries to become an artistic tool to grasp the ‘futurity’ that is already, and increasingly, a part of our present.

Collectively we research for instance notions of speculation, methodologies used to predict the future, strategic thinking and scenario planning, risk and crisis management, voodoo rituals, spiritual forecasts or science fiction. How do these phenomena affect our thinking, behaviour and acting? What operations are we dealing with when we speak about speculation? How have technologies, like for instance computer modelling and calculating, affected our thinking about the future?