Futures With Futures

WORLD BUILDING AS CAPITALIST CRITIQUE

Futures With Futures ebook, 2021.

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In a near future of corporate nation states, toxic supply chains and environmental collapse, the smallest act of resistance can have global effect.

Four short stories – EARTH WIND FIRE WATER – designed around the alchemical Elements, building blocks that built the world the way it is, that could just as easily build it differently.

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Earth: The Social Contract, 14:18. 

A bio-engineered Keeper breaks her Terms & Conditions, hurting the thing she loves most.
Earth: The Social Contract, 14:18. A bio-engineered Keeper breaks her Terms & Conditions, hurting the thing she loves most.
Fire: Sparks, 30:10. 

A young family forced to escape to the countryside, jumps from one fire into another.
Fire: Sparks, 30:10. A young family forced to escape to the countryside, jumps from one fire into another.
Water: Diving For Pearls, 25:13. 

An archivist searching for cultural artefacts finds unexpected treasure and life-changing decisions to make.
Water: Diving For Pearls, 25:13. An archivist searching for cultural artefacts finds unexpected treasure and life-changing decisions to make.
Air: Apple Blossom Sky, 19:57. 

Something smells bad. A woman who not owning her own data, makes the tiniest act of disruption to stop the stink.
Air: Apple Blossom Sky, 19:57. Something smells bad. A woman who not owning her own data, makes the tiniest act of disruption to stop the stink.

INTERACTIVE POSTER

Scanning the QR codes in the spherical icons in the image will take you to one of the four audio stories.

Photo © Amelia Mckee. Interactive poster installed at DOOResidency, Zaandam, The Netherlands, 2021.
Futures With Futures Interactive postcard, 2021. 10.5 x 14.8 cm.

more futures with futures coming soon

Mercury: a time-travelling anchorite; Brimstone: an AI’s campaign for better rights for robots; Salt: a female upload that colludes to steal a real-world body; and Aether: the substance that binds the worlds and these stories together.

A ninth generative story co-authored with a group of 18-20 year-olds is in development.

Supported by Future’s Venture.