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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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Lisa Appignanesi and Neus Ballús

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 to them, to focus on their needs and wants, to pay them attention? And attention is in short supply in our global networked world, packed with facts and data, and information of various kinds, some reliable, much not at all.

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Sophie Collins and Raimon Fransoy

Think about silence and all it implies. But think—now, quickly—about words and meaning.

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