In Greek mythology, Cassandra was a priestess of Apollo, cursed to utter true prophecies but to never be believed. Hers was not a story about predicting the future, but one of a sensitive mind perceptive to signals which most people were blind to. A mind, whose warnings were rejected as superstitions. This project is not about the future as prophecy, but about paying close attention to the elements that are already latent in the present, already here and now.
departs from the existing frameworks of scenario planning, which governmental and corporate entities use to strategise in the face of the unfolding climate change. Cassandra
focuses on how the reality of past, present and future climates is already being shaped and rewritten by the sensing and modelling apparatus(es) in operation right now.
By recognising the power of situated knowledges as opposed to encyclopaedic ones, and of narratives and data as mutually constitutive, Cassandra
looks at comparative futurisms, non-linear narratives, and circular time to render the probability space of climate futures through recursivity and feedback loops. When time is conceptualised as a knot of entangled agencies, stories that blend fact with fiction, the technical with the poetic, the anecdotal with the critical emerge as navigation devices.
THE TERRAFORMING, 2020
Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design
Chiara Di Leone
VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTGVN 908
and Ongoing Projects
Benjamin H. Bratton