Futurity / Society / Action brings together a range of researchers interested in the ways in which we conceive of the future and recontextualise history in the now.

At its core is the need to counter social, political, geographical and economic turmoil with visionary futures of new cultural, aesthetic, ideological and political processes.

About the cluster

Futurity / Society / Action is one of four research clusters within the School of Art at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

It is convened by Dr Kristin Mojsiewicz, Director of Outreach and a Lecturer in the School of Art.

Bringing together established and early career researchers, including PhD students, we are open to everyone at every career stage. 

Events

This year, the School of Art Friday Lectures - a public series of talks by leading national and international artists and thinkers - has been themed around the School’s research clusters.

Four of the talks were linked to Futurity/Society/Action:

  • 4th November 2016 - Corin Sworn
  • 11th November 2016 - Martin Herbert
  • 18th November 2016 - Hannah Sawtell
  • 25th November 2016 - Bisan Abu Eisheh
Photo of a touring artwork
Image courtesy of the artists
Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich. Celestial Radio (2002-12).

At its core is the need to counter social, political, geographical and economic turmoil with visionary futures of new cultural, aesthetic, ideological and political processes.

Images

The images on this page are of work by two Futurity/Society/Action team members: Torsten Lauschmann (main image); and Zoe Walker (with long-term collaborator, Neil Walker - smaller image).

Lauschmanns’s Bolt Ya Rocket was a largescale projection/video created as part of the 2014 Spectra Festival in Aberdeen. Held during the Scottish Independence Referendum, the piece was a satirical comment on dialogues surrounding issues on independence. The Scottish Space Mission took off successfully, but crashed back down minutes later. 

Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich’s Celestial Radio (2002-12) was a multi-media, immersive, touring artwork transmitting both light and sound from a radio station housed on a ‘glittering’ mirror-tiled yacht. Drawing on the specificity of site and context as key to re-examining the environments we inhabit, the work has toured with the support of the Thessaloniki Biennale (Greece), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia), Musrara School of Art (Jerusalem), and Turner Contemporary (UK).

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