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The future is ________ at PS1

Through July 28 in NYC, Speculations (“The future is ___________”), a series of lectures debates, conversations, and keynotes hosted by Triple Canopy at MoMA PS1. Upcoming events through June 2:


Saturday, May 25, 3 p.m.
Journalist David Rieff, author of books on immigration, international conflict, and humanitarianism, will detail the proposed solutions to the world food crisis, and the serious difficulties with each. Tickets are available for this session.

Sunday, May 26, 3 p.m.
Rivka Galchen’s first novel, Atmospheric Disturbances, was awarded the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Norman Rush is the author of three novels, including Mating, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1991. They will discuss commonalities between literature, OCD, fortunetelling, lucid dreaming, and weather reports. Tickets are available for this session.

Monday, May 27, 2 p.m seminar & 4 p.m. lecture
Marie Lorenz is an artist whose project The Tide and Current Taxi ferries passengers through the waterways of New York. Drawing on the alien “Zone” in the Russian sci-fi film Stalker and novel Roadside Picnic, she will describe how to experience the future in the trash of the present.

Thursday, May 30, 2 p.m seminar & 4 p.m. lecture
In 2009, Mary Mattingly launched the Waterpod project, a sustainable art-and-technology habitat. She will talk about a future where people rely on community-based networks for resource sharing, from islands made of boats and barges to flock houses to floating spheres.

Friday, May 31, 2 p.m seminar & 4 p.m. lecture
Ellen Ullman is author of Close to the Machine and The Bug, which draw on her experience as a software engineer, and the novel By Blood. She will describe a near future in which each person, place, and thing will have a unique identifier and will broadcast its own promotional message.

Saturday, June 1, 3 p.m.
Chris Csikszentmihalyi is an artist working on technologies that rebalance power between citizens, governments, and corporations. Mary “Missy” Cummings is one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots and director of the MIT Humans and Automation Lab. Thomas Keenan is director of the Bard Human Rights Project. They will debate the future of drones. Tickets are available for this session.

Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.
Taryn Simon draws on many disciplines to explore the limits and possibilities of photographic representation. She will discuss her projects Picture Collection and Image Atlas (with Aaron Swartz), and how they envision the history and future of the image archive. Tickets are available for this session.


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