The collective research project ‘Schemas of Uncertainty’ investigates the notion of prediction, both as a long-standing interest of human beings through their histories, but also as inscribed into the techno-capitalist present. From divination to machine learning, it explores the relation between prediction and prescription, considering uncertainty as a generative space.
Through a series of three consecutive workshops, each centred around an accompanying notion—Production, Friction, Fiction—we will think through what it might mean to invite uncertainty as a way of resisting ideas that impose a singular meaning or direction. Rather than something to be overcome, uncertainty might become a means of encompassing multiplicity, and subsequently, prediction ceases to be instrumentalized as a tool to prescribe the future but instead is undertaken as a gesture towards a plurality of possible futures.
Schemas of Uncertainty
Schemas of Uncertainty is a collective research project on the notion of prediction, both as a long-standing interest of human beings through their histories, but also as inscribed into the techno-capitalist present. The project is organised and facilitated by Danae Io and Callum Copley and has previously taken the form of a research group at the Sandberg Instituut, a symposium and a publication under the same name.
Danae Io is an artist and researcher based in Amsterdam and Athens. She holds a Master in Fine Arts from the Sandberg Instituut and has previously studied at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research and art practice rotate around the subjects of voice, language, legibility, the technological, and the incalculable.
Callum Copley is a writer and researcher based in Amsterdam and the UK. Through his works of both speculative fiction and academic essays, he examines how emerging technologies constitute new forms of political and cultural domination. He holds an MA in Critical Studies from the Sandberg Instituut and was co-founder of Registration School in London.
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75
NB: A single ticket to any of the dates provides access to all three sessions. It is recommended to participate in all three!