Diagram with scenarios for 'The Fair Deal', collaboration with Galeri NON and Goldin + Senneby, Art Brussels, 2015

M&A, Goldin + Senneby for The Fair Deal at Art Brussels, 2015

M&A, Goldin + Senneby for The Fair Deal at Art Brussels, 2015

Ongoing since 2015

Uncertainty Scenarios

Experimental research project

Initiated by: Marjolijn Dijkman and Amélie Bouvier

Involved: Maxime Bondu, Amélie Bouvier, Antye Guenther, Marjolijn Dijkman, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Pádraic E. Moore, Daniela de Paulis, Simon Ripoll-Hurier, Maarten Vanden Eynde.

Guests / Participants: Sol Archer, Alejandro Alonso Diaz, John Ryan Brubaker, Cosco (Louis de Cordier), Sven Dehens, Julien Griffit, Alexis Destoop, Kris Dittel, Aurélien Dupuis, André van Es, Goldin + Senneby, Elias Heuninck, Toril Johannessen, Denis Maksimov (Avenir Institute), Raewyn Martyn, Wesley Meuris, Sofia Lemos, Maya van Leemput (Agence Future), Myriam Mihindou, Femke Snelting, Pierre Rubio, Filip Van Dingenen.

Partners / Venues so far: Fig 2. at ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art), London (UK); L'Iselp, Brussels (BE); Fluent, Santander (ES); Greylight Projects, Brussels (BE); La Conciergerie, La Motte - Servolex (FR); La Loge, Brussels (BE); Art Brussels (BE); Galeri NON, Istanbul (TR); Lehnbachhaus, Munich, (DE).

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, divination and spiritual forecasts, Big Data, artificial intelligence 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?