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Inviting Future Generations into Present Negotiations +Making A Film About Emptiness

April 13, 2021

How can we invite future generations in present negotiations to influence current decision-making processes? How can we make the future present and allow the silenced to be heard? The Future Generations desk investigates the potential of creative practices in promoting long-term thinking and inviting future perspectives -human and nonhuman, born and unborn- in envisioning sustainable futures...

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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