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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?

“A Vocabulary for the Future” is a collective essay about the world to come, a project of creating a dialogue between thinkers, writers, and local and international visual creators to imagine together an alternative and more hospitable future. The result is fourteen original audiovisual pieces created by the Thinking Biennale, shaping a kind of incipient cartography, a first map for exploring possible exits from this damaged present. Revolving around a particular word, each piece is a vanishing point, an open window, an invitation to think anew about the way we inhabit the world.

More than thirty creators from different places, of varying ages, and working in a range of disciplines, including filmmakers, animators, visual artists, writers and thinkers, are taking part in this project: Rosi Braidotti, Laida Lertxundi, José Luís Peixoto, Andrés Duque, Nona Fernández, Isaki Lacuesta, Stefano Mancuso, Xiana do Teixeiro and Emilio Fonseca, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Diana Toucedo, Juan Mayorga, Carolina Astudillo, Raül Garrigasait, Laura Ginès and Pepón Meneses, Yan Lianke, Xisi Sofia Ye Chen and Cadhla Kennedy Ko, Bruno Latour, Gerard Ortín, Koleka Putuma, Irene Moray, Mircea Cărtărescu, Dostopos and Artur Tort, Marta Marín-Dòmine, Carla Simón, Karen Barad and Blanca Rego.

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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.

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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.

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