The Office of Rules and Norms (ORN) is an arts-based transdisciplinary studio headquartered in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. The Office engages with regulations, the rule of law, cultural norms and market standards. These engagements reveal, comprehend, play with, subvert, and transcend current ways of understanding and acting in relation to regulatory forces in order to make room for more equitable alternatives. In its attempts to query legal and behavioral urban infrastructures, the ORN specifically deploys art and design practice, culture, and methods along three axes:
Art as Subversion | Intervening in grey areas of regulation
Art as Pedagogy | Making public various forces and forms of influence
Art as Decision-Making | Reorienting modes of knowing and deliberating


Future Generations



Future Generations

The rules and norms we decide on today will impact future generations and other forms of life on earth. How can we invite future generations in present negotiations to influence these decisions? How can we make the future present and allow the silenced to be heard? “The speculative imagination is a higher-order human capacity that can productively explore the not-here and the not-yet. But these explorations are limited by prevailing cultural assumptions … There are other areas to explore that, were they taken seriously, could exert sufficient symbolic ‘pull’ to qualify as desirable images of futures. They could then begin to act as ‘mag- nets’ for the realisation of possibilities that are presently obscured.” – Richard Slaughter, Futures Beyond Dystopia



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