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FoAM: The Future of Doing Nothing (Futures Lab)

workshop Futures Lab
FoAM: The Future of Doing Nothing (Futures Lab)
08.10 to 09.10.2014

We kick-off the first week of the exhibition Future Fictions with a two day workshop exploring the possible futures of Doing Nothing (for more information in English see below) designed and facilitated by FoAM, hosted by Z33. The workshop will be conducted in Dutch. This workshop is a part of the Futures Lab of the Future Fictions exhibition.

The workshop will end with a public Apero from 17h to 19h on the 9th of October 2014.

During the A-Z lecture on Tuesday December 16, FoAM will talk about the results of this he Future of Doing Nothing workshop and long term pre-enactments.

Doing Nothing

The future of work is a topic that has been with us since the industrial revolution. Today we hear about post-growth economists, new labour movements, sustainability gurus preaching work-life balance, and techno-optimists forecast an automated future which promises more time for leisure, learning or simply doing nothing. Whether through a "21-hour working week", unconditional basic income or ubiquitous automation, we should be moving towards a time where work is history, where stress and overwork are things of the past. However, for the majority of the world, social and economic trends around work are pulling in opposite directions. For some of us long working hours and (self)exploitation are the order of the day, for others unemployment and stagnant economies threaten collapse.

Doing nothing, idling, aimless wandering, pondering, meditating and other forms of being present without striving towards a specific goal are known to be mental states in which the creative and the unexpected tend to emerge. In a world caught between crises, tensions and paradoxes, the need for such creative detours is not a luxury but a necessity.

In the "Futures of Doing Nothing" workshop we are asking how could things be otherwise. What could we change in our individual lives, larger social systems and world-views in order to embrace idleness as a virtue? What does the negative space of the consumerist work-ethic look like? What can we begin changing in our daily routines and enduring principles, starting today, tomorrow or next week? In short, what might be the futures of doing nothing?

We invite dedicated practitioners and enthusiasts - people who are willing to challenge and change unsustainable work-culture - to spend two days probing the past, present and future of idleness. We want to find out about existing and emerging ideas, practices and philosophies that can guide us through what could be the futures of doing nothing. In a co-creative process we will design a range of scenarios and translate them into experience prototypes or "pre-enactments" that can be integrated in the participants’ daily life.

FoAM

FoAM is a network of transdisciplinary labs for speculative culture. Guided by their motto 'grow your own worlds', FoAM explores possible futures at the edges of art, science, nature and everyday life. Fostering dialogue with a diverse range of individuals, they encourage an appreciation of the future as a shared 'commons'. FoAM's contribution to the exhibition is part of the Future Fabulators project, in which they work with diverse audiences to imagine, experience and investigate life in a range of possible futures that have been designed as artistic experiments here and now. With the support of the Culture Programme (2007 – 2013) of the European Union.
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Futures Lab

Futures Lab is a research archive, workshop and reading room where one may explore possible futures, by Z33 and FoAM in the exhibition Future Fictions. Perspectives on world-building. Scattered throughout this lab visitors can discover traces of a wide range of futurists and their investigations: research materials and working notes, a small library collection and a range of works in progress. On display is a video feed with background information on the unique worlds of Future Fictions, the projects and the people behind them.
The Lab hosts a programme of futures-related interventions, workshops and conversations from a.o. FoAM, Arne Hendriks and Monnik, The Extrapolation Factory, Pantopicon, Pieterjan Ginckels and the University of Hasselt.

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The Future of Doing Nothing (c) FoAM

Past

finissage
04.01.2015 from 16h00 to 17h00
finissage
04.01.2015 from 16h00 to 17h00
a-z lecture
16.12.2014 at 20h00
guided tour
14.12.2014 from 14h00 to 16h00
guided tour
14.12.2014 from 14h00 to 16h00
apero
12.12.2014 from 17h00 to 19h00
workshop Futures Lab
28.11.2014 from 10h00 to 18h00
workshop Futures Lab
28.11.2014 from 10h00 to 18h00
apero
20.11.2014 from 17h00 to 19h00
workshop Futures Lab
19.11 to 20.11.2014
workshop
03.11 to 07.11.2014
workshop for children
28.10 to 31.10.2014
workshop for children
28.10 to 31.10.2014
lecture extra muros
16.10.2014 at 20h00
apero
09.10.2014 from 17h00 to 19h00
theme exhibition
05.10.2014 to 04.01.2015
opening
04.10.2014 at 19h30
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