The Temporary Telecommunication Union, Simon Ripoll-Hurier, Uncertainty Scenarios at the chapel of Greylight Projects, Brussels, BE (2017)

Exhibition view with works by Amélie Bouvier, Enough Room for Space, 2018

reference material collage of ‘Alice and Bob (future perfect), Antye Guenther, 2018

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, Marjolijn Dijkman, Antye Guenther, Toril Johannessen, Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Pádraic E. Moore, Daniela de Paulis, Simon Ripoll-Hurier, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Matthew C. Wilson

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

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?

Since 2015, 'Uncertainty Scenarios' has developed a format for the development of the project in the form of sessions. The 'Uncertainty Scenarios - Sessions' are gatherings for often one or more days, to collectively explore a specific focus within the project. Besides contribution of the participants of the project, other specialists are invited to contribute. Sessions can involve different forms like presentations, artist talks, performances, exhibitions of work, film screenings, etc. Some of the sessions are public and open for all and some involve only a specific group of participants.

We often engage in dialogue with other organisations and institutions to support and publicly present Uncertainty Scenarios, these collaborations range from hosting presentations of work, artists talks or support for the production of specific parts of the project.