About Speculative Objects and Communities
Speculating denotes outlining hypothetical development scenarios and constructing a horizon of possible actions, without denying the essential contingency of the future. However, in a world characterized by fundamental inequalities, socially relevant speculation about the future—for instance, in the form of speculative finance—is an activity reserved exclusively for a privileged minority of the wealthy and educated. Is it possible to turn speculation against its current function of reproducing social asymmetries and make it into a collective instrument for navigating an increasingly uncertain future? The fourth event in the discourse series Security Revisited: Infrastructures for Caring Communities addresses the concept and practice of speculation and its relation to shared (in)security.
Hybrid event in physical space with online participation of James Auger
Lectures in English
The insecurity currently being experienced calls for new interpretations that differ from the conservative discourse on security as well as from a defensive, a priori rejection of the very notion of security on the part of contemporary left. This ubiquitous sense of insecurity, which has been brought about by precarious living conditions and grim prospects for the future, shall be embedded in the context of shared care and transnational solidarity. In the framework of the lecture series Security Revisited, the Section for Architecture and the Section for Social Politics at the Forum Stadtpark have invited critical and emancipatory positions to discuss infrastructures of (in)security and outline possibilities for a new politics of care.
Curated by Sara T. Huber and Ana Jeinić
Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou is associate professor of sociology at the University College London, where he leads the Sociology and Social Theory Research Group. He is an editor at the British Journal of Sociology and the author of Speculative Communities: Living with Uncertainty in a Financialized World (University of Chicago Press, 2022). His second book project, Real Fake: An Intellectual History of Distortion, documents the historical role of market technologies in shaping our collective understandings of reality and truth. His public writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Guardian, Public Seminar, Roar Magazine, and other publications.
James Auger is the director of the department of design at the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS) and the Centre de Recherche en Design (ENS and ENSCI Les Ateliers). His practice-based design research examines the social, cultural and personal impacts of technology and the products that exist as a result of its development and application. Running parallel to his academic work James is a partner in the speculative design practice Auger-Loizeau, a collaboration founded in 2000. Auger-Loizeau projects have been published and exhibited internationally, including MoMA, New York; 21_21, Tokyo; The Science Museum, London; The National Museum of China, Beijing and Ars Electronica, Linz.