NFF Conference: Speculative Fabulation
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In the late 1960s, Star Trek inspired millions to envision a glorious, utopian future. Today, technological advances have almost overtaken this fantasy. At the same time, it’s harder than ever to imagine such a future, in a 21st century fraught with crises, from climate change to war, economic difficulties and the revival of fascist movements. Yet these dystopian developments make it all the more important to tell stories about worlds of hope.
Speculative Fabulation is about the art of storytelling to explore new worlds and envision a brighter future. In this session, we’ll discuss a wide range of forms of speculative fabulation: design collective Polymorf will share their view of philosophical storytelling through touch, smell, sound and vision in the context of their high-profile VR installation Symbiosis (which can also be seen at the festival). Science fiction researcher Dan Hassler-Forest will illustrate how speculative fabulation has shaped our imaginings of the future and how it can still be a crucial tool for social and political progress. Karen Palmer, storyteller of the future, and film and media maker, will introduce her project Consensus Gentium, an emotion-driven film in which smartphone functionalities in the field of intimacy and authenticity are used to create a hyper-realistic experience of the social media of the future.
Moderator: Dan Hassler-Forest
- Marcel van Brakel (Polymorf)
- Mark Meeuwenoord (Polymorf)
- Dan Hassler-Forest (Writer, researcher at Utrecht University)
- Karen Palmer (Storyteller, and film and media maker)