Current Research

ABIFR, Nottingham

ABIFR Nottingham branch. Photo credit: Ben Harriott http://www.weareprimary.org/2015/08/into-the-future/

Image: ABIFR (Nottingham), Into the Future, Primary, Nottingham (2015). Credit: Ben Harriott

Who creates the future?

The …And Beyond Institute for Future Research is a peripatetic think tank concerned with the creation of possible futures.

Inspired by the ways in which Speculative Fiction creates fictive narratives have the potential to form reality, my research explores the political, aesthetic and social ramifications of imagining ‘The Future.’

I am interested the historical under-representation of Black women and other WOC within fictional narratives of the future, the dialectical relationship between science fiction and notions of primivitism, futurism and ‘progress.’Ultimately, I will create the images I want to see.

Work produced will include films, performances and texts under the guide of the …And Beyond Institute for Future Research (ABIFR) -a peripatetic think tank concerned with the creation of possible futures. ABIFR is  think tank as artistic proposition, engaged with the practice of research as a public act, creating visions of possible futures.

Collaborative and open-ended, the ABIFR works collaboratively with artists and thinkers as a vehicle though which performances and other public outcomes are produced.

As a play on the impulse towards ‘institutional legitimacy’, ABIFR is a statement of artistic knowledge production. How can the think tank be manipulated, subverted and ultimately utilized for the purposes of research-led practice?

Who claims the right to frame our perceptions of the future?

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