Design Fiction

The possible worlds of atemporal folds

I’ll be talking at Material Environments: Sensing Time and Matter in Digital and Visual Culture.

http://timadi.org

July 24th-25th 2015
University of Greenwich, London

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The possible worlds of atemporal folds

This paper mobilises a notion of possible worlds and the technological object as developed from the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. In particular, through a conjunction of possible worlds and the atemporal, the paper will consider the sense in which the contemporary has come to be described as coming ‘after the future’. To explore this the paper reconfigures the kinds of world-making capacities found in a Deleuze-Leibnizian folding of sense, matter and time. This folding will be explored through two main vectors arising in thought about possible worlds: first, through a concern with the contingency of matter, that something multiply otherwise, something real but non-actual exists; second through the sense of futurity and the existence of multiple future situations which might or might not become actualised.
The paper will highlight some of the pitfalls of philosophical modalities of the possible and the drawing of distinctions between possible, artificial and fictional worlds. The paper suggests that an atemporal production of sense rather than operating as the limit of temporality ‘coming after’ the future, is instead part of a temporality enabling a ‘going after’ the future – of seeking or opening the future as such. Which is to say, that in problems of events, objects, and processes, in the atemporality of possible worlds, we might find a clinamen of the new and the futurity of the virtual.

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I’ll be working this out to follow from my ‘atemporality and accelerationism’ paper at the Futures Studies conference at the University of Turku next month.

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