17. – 19. 10. 2019

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz

Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Wien

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October 17-19, 2019. Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz. PROGRAM


For more than 10 years now, Western countries have been in crisis mode. During this time, none of the economic, social, (geo-)political and ecological issues that contributed to this crisis have been resolved. On the contrary, several of them have become significantly worse: climate change has become an everyday reality, social inequality is still rising, and the established political institutions of the post-(cold)war era have become ever less capable of dealing with the pressures they are under.

If anything is clear at all, then that a return to the world that was, at least for Western countries, relatively stable is no longer an option and that a simple extrapolation of historical developments cannot yield insights. We are off the map.

As a consequence, the future is both terrifying but also more open than ever and new techniques to deal with this unpredictability, namely different forms of forecasting, are being developed and implemented. What differentiates forecasting from classic approaches to knowing the future, going back at least to the oracles of antiquity (divination), is that they do not only predict potential future scenarios, but are often directly integrated with methods of intervention. The traditional temporal distance between prediction and action, which allowed for political reflection, begins to evaporate as we enter an age that is characterized, at the same time, by self-fulfilling prophecies and utter unpredictability.

In this sense, a new temporality is ushered in: While traditional methods of prediction (such as for example weather forecasting) were concerned with accurate accounts of a situation that cannot be changed, contemporary forecasting provides complex tools to intervene in real-time in order to affect future states in the present (as in, say, climate modeling or Twitter politics). While the former derive from a probabilistic concept of representation, the later indicates the turn to a performative regime of governance that strives to leverage contingency and the volatile indeterminacy in which the future emerges. Therefore, its range is not the long-term, but the constantly re-calibrated short term. The state of emergency, inherent in the word crisis, has become the platform on which reality is produced.

Forecasting is an eminently cultural issue, because it provides an aesthetic of the unknown and gives shape to the uncertain, actualizing the future into the present, in order to make the unlikely more likely, or to prevent the likely from happening.

During the event Deep Horizon: The Culture of Forecasting, which will take place from October 17-19, 2019 at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Vienna, we will bring together the audience with artists, researchers and activists who deal with the role of forecasting as a way of inventing the future, for talks, discussions, workshops and game playing. Think ahead!


Richard Barbrook, Erik Bordeleau, Jaya Klara Brekke, Thomas Feuerstein, Isabell Schrickel, Zentrum für politische Schönheit and Technopolitics research group.
Artistic space intervention: Sylvia Eckermann.

DEEP HORIZON: The Culture of Forecasting

PROGRAM 17. - 19. 10. 2019

Thursday, October 17



3–6 pm    

Workshop by Zentrum für Politische Schönheit and Gerald Straub, Technopolitics. (rsvp)


7–10 pm  

Fragments from the Cultures of Forecasting


Short presentations (10 min.) and discussion, followed by drinks and food.
Richard Barbrook, Jaya Klara Brekke, Erik Bordeleau, Thomas Feuerstein, Zentrum für politische Schönheit, Isabell Schrickel, and the following members of Technopolitics: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Felix Stalder, Axel Stockburger. Moderation: Ina Zwerger (Technopolitics).

Friday, October 18



4–6 pm  

Artistic/activist realization of workshop findings with members of the workshop hosted by Zentrum für Politische Schönheit and Gerald Straub. 


7–10 pm  

Speculative (Crypto)Economy


Performative lectures and talks by Jaya Klara Brekke, Erik Bordeleau and Gerald Nestler.
Discussion (moderated by Technopolitics members).

Saturday, October 19



2–6 pm  

Workshop by Richard Barbrook
Prediction Game. Strategies and practices of socio-political intervention (rsvp)


7–10 pm  

Horizons of Forecasting.
Historic and Contemporary Issues of Prediction Politics


Performative lectures and talks by Richard Barbrook, Thomas Feuerstein and Isabell Schrickel.
Discussion (moderated by Technopolitics members).