Parlor of Futures

Exhibits
Curators & concept: Denisa Kera and Lauren Withycombe Keeler
Collaborators: Stormy Nesbit, Nick Lauer, Yair Reshef, Stefania Druga, Marketa Dolejsova, Jonathan Klane, JP Nelson, Krista Lawless, Monique Hasbun

SFIS deck of cards. Image by Yair Reshef

What happens when we combine ancient divination techniques with contemporary scenario planning and forecasting methods? Use our specially designed card decks inspired by the 17th century Tarot of Marseille, American cultural mythos, and our School for the Future of Innovation in Society interests, and creatively engage with old and new ways of inventing and imagining futures. Discuss science, technology, and various public issues, hopes and dreams with our 21st century SFIS Tarot deck. Reimagine the future of the American Dream with American Dream Tarot cards and create new dreams to share with friends and strangers alike. Design the future of jobs oracle and speculative food scenarios in the workshops.  Prototype with microfluidics and various circuits to create your cards about the future following our documentation at futureparlor.tumblr.com

Lauren Withycombe Keeler

Lauren Withycombe Keeler is a visiting assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. Dr. Keeler is trained in sustainability science and in her research and teaching she explores the future impacts of social and technological innovation on sustainability goals. She is particularly interested in innovating new methods for exploring and constructing more creative futures that can help address urgent sustainability problems. She has worked in the United States and Germany with universities, businesses, and governments utilizing participatory scenario construction, visioning and sustainability assessment to explore issues of sustainability and responsible innovation with a focus on cities, water systems, and human health and well-being.

Yair Reshef

Yair Reshef (IL) is an art technologist by trade, supplier and fabricator of rare and made to order hardware and software –electronics, optics, robotics, and other curiosities. He is currently working on TAMI attiny, a cheap(est) dev board at Tel Aviv Makerspace. He also has a studio at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.

Denisa Kera

Denisa Kera (CZ, IL) is a philosopher and designer experimenting with open hardware and blockchain technologies for open and citizen science projects. Before joining ASU as a Visiting Assistant Professor, she spent the last decade working in Southeast Asia with various makers, hacker and “science artisans”. She is originally from Prague, but lives in Tel Aviv and describes herself as a nomad with a cause, which is to support science in the Global South.