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A Vocabulary for the Future

What words do we need for thinking about the future? Do they serve ideas and concepts of the past or must we create new ones to name another possible world? Where will we find these words that have not yet been spoken?

Anticipation

José Luís Peixoto and Andrés Duque

When we anticipate what is to come, we seem to be living the future in the present. We are here and, at the same time, we are anticipating what will happen tomorrow: we calculate, we predict, we imagine possibilities. This is a kabbalah that is full of imperfections and yet inevitable. As long as we...

Border

Ingrid Rojas Contreras and Diana Toucedo

Either side of the border the land is identical. And when there is no physical barrier, it is often difficult for us to imagine one. We might try but all we can see are mountains, rocks, land, scraps of sky, without any division. What do borders separate? Is it possible that, in the future, when we ...

Freedom

Raül Garrigasait, Laura Ginès and Pepon Meneses

Can we find a balance between survival and freedom, right now when one seems to be working against the other? Is freedom more valuable than life itself, or are we willing to sacrifice it in exchange for a long, safe, and painless life? We are convinced that it is a temporary renunciation, but there ...

Future

Drac Màgic

The certainty that the future is also a thing of the present inhabits the reflections of the boys and girls who participate in this collective audiovisual project. Their contributions form an experimental and choral piece that invokes various key concepts for global transformation: community, ...

Affirmation

Rosi Braidotti and Laida Lertxundi

We live in convulsive, contradictory times that demand of us a new way of being in the world: an ethics of generosity and working together, and recognition of our reciprocal interdependence with all beings, human and non-humans, organic and inorganic, with which we share the planet. Text and voice:...

Legacy

Juan Mayorga and Carolina Astudillo

Is the desire to leave some kind of legacy, or the need to be remembered an exercise in vanity? Does thinking we must leave some legacy, either material or immaterial, lead to a fuller life? Any legacy brings with it an initial commitment, that of embracing it and giving it continuity, or rejecting ...

Memoria

Yan Lianke, Xisi Sofia Ye Chen and Cadhla Kennedy Ko

What isn’t visible can’t be remembered. This is why our efforts are destined to struggle against oblivion, to create and give shape to things that can be seen and touched tomorrow. Seeing is a kind of testimony, but memories can also be made: the person who manages to model today’s...

Nature

Bruno Latour and Gerard Ortín Castellví

Where can we find the border separating what is natural from what is not? Does this border exist? What marks the difference between what we call natural and what we call cultural or human? Culture and nature: there is no way to escape this moral opposition, this inseparable pair which seems to ...

Refuge

Marta Marín-Dòmine and Carla Simón

Finding refuge, inhabiting it, constructing experience, rediscovering the body there after fleeing. Welcoming the person who flees, compressing differences, making any space possible, diluting barriers that define an identity, and allowing its transformation. Which “us” can we construct ...

Normal

Koleka Putuma and Irene Moray

Which is the weight of the past in the present? What is in our hands to change, about how things are today? Is there anything new, extraordinary, about the times we are living in? The words of the young South African poet Koleka Putuma and the images of the filmmaker Irene Moray leave the meaning of...

Rehearsal

Nona Fernández and Isaki Lacuesta

Can we learn from the errors of the past? Can we rebuild what has previously been broken? When does the future begin? We rehearse, we try, we repeat, we get it wrong, and we try again. Among the ruins and mistakes, day after day, the sun rises once more. We wake up, time and time again, with the ...

Touch

Karen Barad and Blanca Rego

What happens when two hands touch? How close are they like? And how can proximity be measured, and even more so, in times of a pandemic and distancing? We think we touch things, that we can take other people by the hand, but physics tells us quite another story. Text and voice: Karen BaradImages: ...

Species

Stefano Mancuso, Xiana do Teixeiro and Emilio Fonseca

We humans are convinced that we belong to the best, the most developed and complex of all living species. It is inconceivable for us to imagine that a worm, a fungus, or a fern could be better than us even though, in terms of survival as a species, our chances are rather modest. So, if we die out ...

Poetry

Mircea Cărtărescu, Dostopos and Artur Tort

What is poetry’s way of existing in the world? It isn’t in verses but rather in the fact of parting with the will, effort, the ego, and consciousness. Small aimless and inadvertent gestures can lead to sparks of poetry, a state of grace that surpasses any form of knowledge. Directed by:...