The ability to use imagination and envision future needs is crucial in art, design and architecture. Future thinking and making require imagination and capability to create narratives for near and far futures and the capacity to compose proposals to meet the imagined future needs. Future-oriented creative practices also require future literacy-understanding the temporal continuum in which
the future-oriented work is created and being aware of underlying incentives, motivations and structures of the self-initiated works or commissions. Similarly, viewing or consuming the speculative creative works requires some level of understanding of the context of the works.
Studio Time: Future Fictions in Art and Design approaches these questions with essays from international design and art thinkers, reflective shorter essays and a selection of art, design and architecture projects. The book consists of three parts that each focus on future fictions in art and design from different perspectives: future fictions and imagination in creative practices, future literacy, and future ethics. Each part consists of two essays, two practical, reflective contributions from artists and designers and a selection of art and design projects from practitioners around the world.
The book is a closing chapter of Studio Future, which is one of the research studios developed by Belgian-based Z33 House for Contemporary Art. Since 2012, Studio Future has focused on a variety of aspects on future-oriented art and design practices through different research and exhibition projects, which have been accompanied by online and offline publishing.