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#078 A Manifold of Maybes

Curated by Chrit Verstappen.

Chrit created this programme in 2019-2020 as part of his internship at IMPAKT.

The existential uncertainty posed by the open-endedness of the future seems to be of all times and places. Everywhere people look for omens of good fortune or fateful catastrophes, imagine, predict, and speculate. This screening programme seeks to show different figurations of ways in which we are directed towards the openness of the future as a manifold of maybes.

Although the future is still absent, we constantly anticipate its arrival, making the not-yet and what may be a part of the present. We cherish dreams and ambitions, look for opportunities and calculate risks, we ponder the consequences of our choices for our lives’ course, and construct hopes on the basis of certainties provided by relations of trust.

In addition, collectively we project economic prognoses, weather forecasts, insurances, contracts, urban planning, financial speculation, utopian visions, apocalyptic dystopias, narratives of progress and historical purpose, or science-fiction scenarios.

As some social theorists note, we live in liquid times of flexible contracts and loose social bonds, as well as in a reflexive risk society, in which modernity is confronted with its own consequences, such as the polluting effects and environmental risks that spring from industrial capitalism. In order to tame these unfortunate or outright apocalyptic effects, we surrender to technocratic expert systems.

On the other hand, the existential uncertainty posed by the open-endedness of the future seems to be of all times and places. Everywhere people look for omens of good fortune or fateful catastrophes, imagine, predict, and speculate. This screening program seeks to show different figurations of ways in which we are directed towards the openness of the future as a manifold of maybes.

Films in this programme

The Pakistani Starfleet: dOvestar Chronicles
Kenny Irwin
(US 2009, 09:03 mins)
Pakistani Starfleet Explorers is a series of artwork by Kenny Hassan Irwin who is not Pakistani by descent but he seems to be Pakistani by h...
The Possibility of Utopia
Julio Soto
(ES/US 2004, 17:45 mins)
This eighteen-minute audiovisual work dynamically combines found images of once-ideal cities such as Akademgorodok, an artificial city desig...
Luxury Survival Fair
Mary Ponomareva
(RU/NL 2018, 13:28 mins)
The future is full of uncertainty, danger, and fear. At the Luxury Survival Fair, we expect ‘the end of the world’ to be fabulously glam...
Imitations of Life
Mike Hoolboom
(CA 2003, 22:04 mins)
When Mike Hoolboom himself gets hold of a camera, it's above all to film Jack, his sister's little boy, for whom he shows concerned affectio...
The Making of Utopia
Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochla-Kalleinen
(FI/AU 2006, 60:00 mins)
Tellervo and Oliver sent an open letter to the communities in Australia inviting them to join a workshop and write a fiction film about them...
Fictions and Futures
Arne Hector & Minze Tummescheit
(DE 2013, 30 mins)
Anybody can legally participate in the huge casino of the commodity futures market in the hope of making real profits from an abstract contr...