17. – 19. 10. 2019

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz

Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Wien

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VIDEO STREAM: Friday, October 18, 7–10 pm

From Abstract Futures to Material Presents.

The speculative performance of (crypto)economies

Lectures by Jaya Klara Brekke and Erik Bordeleau. Moderated by Gerald Nestler and Axel Stockburger, Technopolitics.

Jaya Klara Brekke

Disassembling the Truth Machine: The ideas underpinning cryptoeconomics and prediction markets

The blockchain as a “truth machine” is the idea that large scale coordination without central decision making can be achieved by assembling markets, network topologies, game theoretical constructs and cryptographic advancements. Jaya Klara Brekke will discuss the “truth machine” and its bearing upon shaping, predicting and determining ideas about the future.


Erik Bordeleau

Writing Derivatives as Fugitive Planning

Finance, as a key component of our culture of forecasting, is a mode of coordinating the future through the socio-political design of collective attractors. In cryptoeconomics, such attractors present themselves as tokens. What types of futures can be fugitively called into being through a reprogramming of our social and financial protocols for interaction?







VIDEO STREAM: Thursday, October 17, 7–10 pm

Fragments from the Cultures of Forecasting

Drinks, food and conversations with the audience based on short statements by

Sylvia Eckermann, Felix Stalder, Axel Stockburger, Jaya Klara Brekke, Richard Barbrook, Erik Bordeleau, Zentrum für politische Schönheit, Gerald Nestler, Isabell Schrickel, Gerald Straub.







VIDEO STREAM: Saturday, October 19, 7–10 pm


Historic and Contemporary Issues of Prediction Politics

Performative lectures and talks by Isabell Schrickel, Thomas Feuerstein and Richard Barbrook.
Discussion moderated by Felix Stalder and Axel Stockburger, Technopolitics.



Isabell Schrickel

Self-preservation by looking back: Sustainability as a basic concept of late modernity.

The concept of sustainability makes a specific relation between past, present and future within an ecosystem. Today, the concept of the Anthropocene elevates this relationship to a geological epoch that is framed by the narrative of the great acceleration and the normative orientation towards climate change or development goals. So, to what extent are we dealing with an operative ontology and which operations of recursion, reversion, preservation, reflection and modelling are made possible by it?






Thomas Feuerstein

The Society of the Oracle

Life seems uncertain but at the same time it is more probable than ever before. Data analysis and artificial neuronal networks forecast probabilities and realize the future as a product produced and consumed in series. Since the enlightenment, life has been funneled towards normalization and the human being towards the average man, the “homme moyen”. Has art turned into an agent of oracle or is it still capable of creating improbabilities?






Richard Barbrook

Taste of Power: the great municipal socialism game

How can games be used to explore the multiple possible solutions to the political, social and environmental problems of our troubled times? Based on extensive experience, Richard Barbrook will talk about role-playing multiplayer strategy games and how games, as a form of applied game theory, can support activists to forecast and prepare for difficulties of being a political radical in government and to operate in and against the (local) state.