The future is unknowable and yet it is a constant preoccupation. It is the source of anxiety and of hope. The ‘not yet’ consumes the present. While every age carries with it ideas of what is to come, what, exactly, do we mean by the future now? Research on everyday futures in the IMCC pursues this question by asking: when is the future? How many futures are there?  How do we concepualise, picture and describe the future today?

Key Publications

John Beck, Technocrats of the Imagination: Art, Technology and the Military-Industrial Avant-Garde
John Beck, ‘The Time Capsule and the Cut Up: Negotiating Temporality, Anticipating Catastrophe
John Beck, Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics
John Beck, ‘Postcatastrophic Utopias
Alison Craighead, Common Era (16 posters)
Alison Craighead, A Temporary Index
Alison Craighead, The Time Machine in Alphabetical Order
David Cunningham, ‘The Futures of Surrealism: Hegelianism, Romanticism and the Avant-Garde
David Cunningham, ‘Architecture, Utopia and the Futures of the Avant-Garde
David Cunningham, ‘A Marxist Heresy? Accelerationism and its Discontents
Monica Germana, ed., Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture
Alex Warwick & David Cunningham, ‘Unnoticed Apocalypse: Science Fiction Politics of Urban Crisis