A Machine For Making The Future brings together experimentalists from fields of art and science to work in interdisciplinary groups on proposals for experiments on the material and the imaginary of the air, atmosphere and the climate.

Date: Mon, Sept 12th, 2016
Place: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

The event is a mirror of a workshop on Low Environmental Impact Solar Radiation Management Experiments (LEISE) held at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam on September 7-8, 2016.

In addition to producing a list of alternative experiments, the mirror event aims to be a reflection on the process of experimentation, its design and governance. The Potsdam event is limited to scientists and engineers in the field of climate engineering, who are asked to produce descriptions of experiments that they expect would have negligible environmental impacts. The La Jolla mirror event broadens the group of experimentalists to include artists and designers, and aims to explicitly contrast imaginaries of the future coming from different fields of inquiry. By broadening the range of what we imagine and give form to in experimental design, we are broadening the scope of futures that can be enabled through experimentation.

The collaborative work of designing experiments is performed in public. The members of the public are invited to observe the performance, reflect on and engage with the work of the experimentalists.

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The title of our event is borrowed from Hans-Jorg Rheinberger who writes that experiments can be described as ‘machines for making the future.’ They are composed of two elements, the well understood ‘technical objects,’ and the objects of investigation – the ‘epistemic things,’ he writes. ‘They are not simply experimental devices that generate answers; experimental systems are vehicles for materializing questions. They inextricably cogenerate the phenomena or material entities and the concepts they come to embody.’

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