Imaginary Futures Oracle

Imaginary Futures Oracle


„It is time to speak of futures, plural. It is time to cancel the apocalypse.“
– Mushon Zer-Aviv

Prediction algorithms often use data from the past to predict the future. By using such predictions, we accept that political change is statistically unlikely, thereby limiting our ability to imagine new futures. The installation shows an interactive oracle that tries to overcome this limitation and predicts imaginary futures. The oracle is still based on predictive algorithms, thereby playing with the contradiction of depending on the very technology it argues to overcome.

In collaboration with Athena Grandis.
Sound: Lars Pinkwart
Design & Computation class, UDK & TU Berlin

Exhibited at Ars Electronica 2022 and Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM 2023.

Example of an Oracle-Session.

Photo: © Florian Voggeneder