"It may be that the growth of science and engineering inevitably outstrips the development of political expertise, leading to disaster" - recently noted Brian Cox, an Advanced Fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. One of the paramount issues about futures of humanity is its possible resilience to the socio-political paradoxes of behavioural (ir)rationality. While technological progress constantly multiplies the speed of changes and expands the vision of 'possible', political staleness and supported by it illusion of everlasting present of anthropological time keeps the common conciousness (even if it exists) in a flat state. What are the perks of expanding distance between technology and politics? Can epistemology and hermeneutics become pro-active agents? What role plays art in the constant misbalance?
Avenir Institute was established as a think tank at the intersection of aesthetics, epistemology, politics and technology by Denis Maksimov and Timo Tuominen in summer 2015. The duo, following phisophical speculations of Jacques Derrida, introduced the term 'avenir' as an event, a rupture, an obvious crack within the physiologically comforting illusion of relative predictability. The path towards it's inception in the current form of post-disciplinary, extra-territorial entity started 6 years before, when Timo and Denis met first time in Berlin.
In the lecture they will actualise the agenda and problematics of the Institute, including methodologies and research inquiries. They will touch upon the possible, the preferable, the probable and the plausible futures of contextual environments.