Speculative Energy Futures uses arts-based practices to imagine alternative futures. By grounding the project in research-creation and artistic research, we aim to bring together scholarly inquiry and creative processes to explore questions and express knowledge that is not necessarily accessible or representable in a traditional academic context. In this way, Speculative Energy Futures aims to express more diverse perspectives on the topic of energy transition, so we can re-imagine energy futures beyond what we currently understand to be possible.
Speculative Energy Futures is a collaborative, multi-year research-creation project that brings together artists, activists, scientists, engineers, policy makers, and social science and energy humanities researchers to investigate the challenges and potentials of energy transition through artistic means. Through collaborative work, Speculative Energy Futures participants will produce a series of art exhibitions, dynamic publications, and other artistic outputs that bring attention to the social and cultural impacts of energy transition.
Over the course of six years (2017-2023), participants in Speculative Energy Futures will get to know one another, develop self-generated groupings with other participants, research key issues, and develop arts-based outputs for a series of high-profile exhibitions that explore a range of pathways toward variable energy futures. All of these research-creation outputs will be informed by the interdisciplinary expertise of the team—that includes policy experts, engineers, social and cultural theorists, economists, and artists—who will together explore current research and imagine alternate futures specifically as it relates to feminist and decolonial energy transition. Speculative Energy Futures takes methodological cues from the Immune Nations project, which was funded by the Research Council of Norway and exhibited at the UNAIDS building during the 2017 World Health Assembly.
Associate Professor, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Alberta
Professor and Assistant Dean of Research in the Faculty of Art, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Foresight Strategist and Systemic Designer, Government of Alberta’s Department of Energy, Alberta CoLab
Director of the Global Strategy Lab; Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science, York University; Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health
Assistant Professor, Arts, Culture, Media (UTSC) & Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto.
Indigenous Relations/Policy Advisor; Faculty Instructor, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta
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