20.30 - FuturoGunk Colloquium / Round Table Part I (Dustin Breitling, KAJET, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Ráhel Molnár)

Saturday 9 October 2021

FuturoGunk: Struggling for Futures in the CEE

Futurism has always threatened a collusive relationship with the ideology and language of power. Only recently has this aesthetic-political vanguard become potentially emancipated in favor of becoming an open-sourced suffix, a part-object which has reached escape velocity from its previous drive to domination. OR HAS IT?

Since the framing of the retrospective Afrofuturism in 1993, futurism has become tenuously untethered from its complicity with white nation building and class dominance, and has rather become an aesthetic and philosophical frame which lends itself for the purposes of critique, detournement, irony and revision aimed at the language of power – Afrofuturism, Gulf futurism, Sinofuturism, Hungarofuturism, Romafuturism, Ethnofuturisms…

The panel discussion will aim to question what this shift harbors for the diverse region of the CEE. Where does a speculative agon for the future become integrated within an ideological framework aimed at mobilizing a wider and distributed sense of social agency? Where to position contemporary futurism at a time when, in the words of the post-New Left, “the future has been cancelled.” And if we consider hyperstition “the science of self-fulfilling prophecies,” what might we consider the “the art of self-fulfilling prophecies”?

The panel will be split into Part I (Saturday, Oct. 9) and Part II (Sunday, Oct. 10).

Moderated by Vít Bohal

KAJET (Petre Mogoș and Laura Naum)

Petre Mogoș and Laura Naum are the editors of Kajet, a Bucharest-based journal that proposes an internationalist understanding of Eastern Europe. In an attempt to decolonise the imagination and thought of the region, their work tackles the complicated relationships between East and West, periphery and centre, as well as the legacy of the past and the possibilities of the future. Kajet seeks to challenge stereotypes, shift perspectives, and document lived experiences, by emphasising the role of parallel worlds and practices that are lived simultaneously yet at different speeds and contradictory rhythms.

@kajetjournal @dispozitivbooks @cameraarhiva

Ráhel Anna Molnár

Ráhel Anna Molnár (b.1992) is a writer, artist and editor of publications. She’s involved in the DIY, self-organised cultural scenes of Central Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She’s been building different platforms for the research and expression of peripheral regions, people and ideas. In her artistic work, she’s working primarily with text and (in-situ) installations. Her projects are sensual explorations of treasures she finds under her nails, mostly formed by close collaborations with visual and sound artists.

Zsolt Miklósvölgyi

Zsolt Miklósvölgyi is a critic, editor, and art writer from Budapest, Hungary. He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Berlin-Budapest-based art collective and publishing project "Technologie und das Unheimliche" (T+U) and editor of the Café Bábel essay journal. He is also the Co-Founder of the experimental food art collective "Libatop Visionary Cuisine". His ongoing (para)academic, artistic and curatorial interests include post-digital printing, comparative ethnofuturism, spatial and geopoetic speculations.

Dustin Breitling

Dustin is a PhD student attending Masaryk University, based in Prague and helps organize the Diffractions Collective.