This week’s guest speaker, Adam Bobbette, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Cambridge. He has taught architecture and history at the University of Toronto, and the University of Hong Kong. His writing has appeared in Witte de With Review, City, Forty-Five, the Journal of Architectural Education, and the monographs Architecture in the Anthropocene, and Jakarta: Architecture and Hypercomplexity.
This seminar will be about predicting eruptions on one of the worlds most active, dangerous, and populated volcanoes. But it is more generally about how we predict the future. Based on a year of fieldwork with scientists, shamans and anti-mining activists on Mt. Merapi in Indonesia, it will explore divergent practices of forecasting the future. I will cover seismology, spirit possession, spying, floating heads, and radical not-knowing, as ways in which forecasting enacts and choreographs futures. My research situates forecasting within broader concerns about how we make the uncertainty of nature liveable, for who and what.