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Talking about the Future – a multi-layered narration about the possibilities and impossibility of the Future

Chapter I

After the End

We are witnessing the last moments of a film. All the action is behind us and we know that there is nothing else to be revealed. Nonetheless, we remain seated, waiting for the departure or connection, for the truth that has been constructed during the minutes of the cinematic work. The end. The image is faded away, sinking into the dark material of nothingness. What happens after the end? We may be able to speculate a continuation of the action, that the characters would finally continue with their mundane activities, getting over the extraordinary moment that have uprooted the course of normality and the monotone routine of life. What happens after the spectacle? When no one is looking anymore, not even the camera. Is there a future after the end? When the exploitative mechanics of the eye, camera and storytelling move to another chapter of life, what happens with all the actors? Either dead or alive. How does the trauma of the event heal? Are there any glimpses of a future in the darkness of the end? How can someone invest her/his energy in constructing a mental landscape of a future when her/his existence is conditioned by economic subsistence, chained by debt, having her/his time, be it five, ten, thirty years or more, put in the hands of the creditors.

“The future is not an obvious concept, but a cultural construction and projection” (Franco Berardi, After the Future, page – 12, AK Press, 2011

How to search, articulate and compose a platform for tomorrow’s worlds well-being out of the continuous end that has become the present?

„The rise of the myth of the future is rooted in modern capitalism, in the experience of expansion of the economy and knowledge. The idea that the future will be better than the present is not a natural idea, but the imaginary effect of the peculiarity of the bourgeois production model. Since its beginning, since the discovery of the new continent, and the rewriting of the maps of the world, modernity is defined by an act of amplification of the very limits of the world, and the peculiarity of capitalist economy resides exactly in the accumulation of the surplus value that results in the constant enhancement of the sphere of material goods and knowledge.” Franco Berardi, After the Future, page – 12/13, AK Press, 2011)

Talking about the Future / Chapter I : After the End (2017, Iasi, Romania)

28th of August
Chapter. II (Images of the Possible)

4th of September
Chapter. III (Politics of the Present)

11th of September
Chapter. IV (The End)

15th of September

Silvia Amancei (b.1991) and Bogdan Armanu (b.1991) is an artist couple living and working in the city of Iasi, Romania. They graduated BA (2013) and MA (2015) studies at “George Enescu” University of Arts (Faculty of Visual Art and Design) in Iasi. Collaborating since 2012, their artistic practice could be positioned at the border of social studies and visual art, having as a main research interest the potentiality of art and artistic means to overexcite the ability to look beyond capitalism and create a (common) future.