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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?


Fina Birulés, Lorena Fuster and Lur Olaizola

It’s the name of the current moment and the adjective that applies to what appears in the here and now. But it is also a gift, an offering. In this inhospitable period, the present is, perhaps more than ever, the time suspended between a now and a later, between our grief for the past ...


Najat El Hachmi and Julia Parks

What if desire wasn’t the expression of a lack? What if the object of our desire wasn’t an object but an aggregate? What if what we desired wasn’t a person but all the moments that make them up, all the things they’ve read, all the places that live inside them? Producing something by desiring, manufacturing a unique world, a composition of elements coming together.


Borja Bagunyà and Rémy Bazerque

Foolishness is a pointed form of obsession, covered in sharp edges: it persists in the power of a drift and a delay. It is a political postponement―and a killjoy―of instant gratification. It is the opposite of personal branding and inflated egos. Foolishness aspires to impersonality: it ...


Llucia Ramis and Nosa Eke

To what extent has our intimacy become a commodity? Where is the outsized exaltation of subjectivity leading us? Why do we talk about oversharing intimacy? Does the unlimited circulation of information threaten our intimacy? There are a growing number of media outlets for exhibiting our private lives; a transformation of subjectivities and new forms of being and being in the world are emerging.

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Miquel de Palol and Graeme Arnfield

What is the meaning of "I'ing" and what is its purpose? The question runs parallel to what human beings have been asking ourselves since the beginning of our time as a species: what is the reason for our existence? What have we come to do in this life? Text and voice: Miquel de Palol Score and Edit by: Graeme Arnfield Images: Fukushima Contaminated Water Posted by: Nowi See/TEPCO Dual Light: Tracking a dog at night with FLIR/THERMAL in Kyrgyzstan.


Muriel Villanueva and Ezra Myers

Coming from a nothingness, from a round seed that contained everything, that would encompass everything but was non-existence; we are the product of a failed origin but with a rudder, an overflowing zero.


Pol Guasch and Noémi Varga

It’s a party. And you’re dancing, with your retinas burning, because a party is a different kind of time, with no past, present, or future; time as a mass, a light, a heartbeat, and their arms getting lost in your arms. With a burning tongue and with their eyes, that have made you ...


Lisa Appignanesi and Neus Ballús

An audiovisual work created by the writer Lisa Appignanesi and the film director Neus Ballús which is part of the project “A Vocabulary for the Future”. Attention, if you pause to think, is not really all that far from love. What is it to hold someone dear but to be attentive ...


Sophie Collins and Raimon Fransoy

Think about silence and all it implies. But think—now, quickly—about words and meaning. About words and meaning and metaphor. About words and deception. About how metaphor—or any kind of figurative language—might, in fact (and often inadvertently), lead to a kind deception. ...


Irenosen Okojie and Alba G. Corral

I need a future where the concept of light can feel intimate, radical and more expansive. Even contentious. I want trickster light, blinding light, sweet light, ominous light. I want light you can hold, pocket or light that feels like carrying neon sirens in your chest. Light tinged with hallucinatory ...


Marina Warner and Alba Cros Pellisé

Kindness is in short supply, though the pandemic is inspiring more of it than we imagined possible. But generally the strain of wars, climate change, hostile acts of governments and authorities at home and beyond, border walls and other exclusionary measures have made the world a very unkind ...


Mireia Calafell and Alba Sotorra

Let’s say goodbye to the idea that the world is us, and we are the individuals who occupy, each of us, our own space, let’s make vulnerability a weapon, and make identity a problem, an obligation to create oneself that can never be satisfied, an unending task that we have always done as a group.


Albert Badia and Patricia Tamayo

Cosirar is a seed-word. As the poet and rural veterinarian María Sánchez says, it means dropping by to make sure people, other animals or plants are OK. To find out if they need help or attention. It’s something more than just observing, watching, or reviewing. ...


Albert Badia and Patricia Tamayo

What is a home? What offers us shelter and contains us? For anyone who has had to move, who has been forced to flee, to cross borders and leave their lives behind, what protects them from the elements? Home may not be a physical place, a big house and a garden full of flowers, but words, actions, thoughts.


Adrià Sunyol

Is there a future without dreams? What does our ability to dream tell us about us? There are people who cross a border hanging on to the bottom of a truck, live on the street of an unknown city, feel deeply alone and helpless, close their eyes and find a way out of where there seems to be nothing.


Adrià Sunyol

What is the relationship between repairing and understanding? Both verbs indicate a movement towards the other, a movement out of oneself: to observe, to care, to understand that not everything is contained in what we already have or already know. Text and voice: Luís Sound: Pascual Gonz&agr...

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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 ...


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 ...


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:...


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, ...


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 and ignoring it.


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 are temporary renunciations that mark a whole epoch.


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 distinguish between what is good and what is bad.


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.


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 the word “normal” on hold.


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:...


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 ...


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 ...


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: ...


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, ...