(un)known (un)knowns: ruptures of the present

“…because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know”. - Donald Rumsfeld                               

From academic investigations of 'risk society' by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens to speculative essays about 'black swans' by Naseem Taleb, the subject of risk assessment in analysis of futures is omnipresent across sectors, what makes it's problematics universal and post-disciplinary. In 2015, the Institute issued a book 'Introduction of Avenirology: [blueprint] into Metamodern Futures', in which we argue for necessity of diversified view of multiple subjectivities on possible futures. We introduced the term 'avenir' as a counterbalance to 'risk' - where ‘avenir’ is a particular potentiality, that has potency to manifest itself in futures.

Analysis of avenirs in possible futures is a core of this dimension of our work. We develop post-disciplinary methods that allow to unlock thinking outside of the totality of socio-political frame of contemporary (pre)modern societies. Political, economic, cultural, technological, environmental, cosmological and post-human - the list of particular forms of manifestation for both risks and avenirs will never be complete, demanding therefore holistic approaches. Resilience and further advancement of essential socio-political relations - humanistic and vital living versus animalistic biopolitical survival - is in the heart of this inquiry. Post-nation state political architecture, artificial intelligence, art in the context of post-Internet visual culture are among many other subjects that we explore in the projects under the umbrella of this dimension.