Speculative Energy Futures uses arts-based practices to imagine alternative futures. We bring together scholarly inquiry and creative processes to explore 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, started in 2017, 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.
Participants in Speculative Energy Futures 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 are informed by the interdisciplinary expertise of the team—that includes policy experts, engineers, social and cultural theorists, economists, and artists—who together explore current research and imagine alternate futures as they relate to feminist and decolonial energy transition.
FluxKit for Energy Transition
Based on five years of interdisciplinary collaboration, the FluxKit for Energy Transition is a toolbox to help citizens, policy makers, community organizers, engineers and scientists, teachers, and students think about energy transition as not simply a technological issue, but a social and cultural shift.
In November 2022, the Speculative Energy Futures team will showcase and animate the FluxKit for Energy Transition in St. Gallen, Switzerland, where they will be the first visiting artists-in-residence at SQUARE – the University of St. Gallen’s new interdisciplinary space dedicated to fostering dialogue between science, society, business, politics, and culture. During the two-week residency Dr. Wilson is Visiting Professor in The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, teaching a block course related to their Special Topics in Energy series.
Installing elements of The FluxKit for Energy Transition throughout SQUARE’s open, light-filled atrium, SEF will provide students, faculty, and community members with an interactive exhibition, workshops, and collaborative projects that showcase the importance of art in the conversation around energy transition and policy shifts.
Past Exhibits: Prototypes For Possible Worlds
Past Research Coordinators
Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon
PhD candidate, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Alberta; Project Manager, Speculative Energy Futures
Professor and Assistant Dean of Research in the Faculty of Art, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
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
Indigenous Relations/Policy Advisor; Faculty Instructor, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta B.A. (with Distinction), M.A. (IGov), L.L.B.
Associate Professor, Design Studies; Coordinator, Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta
Foresight Strategist and Systemic Designer, Government of Alberta’s Department of Energy, Alberta CoLab
Assistant Professor, Arts, Culture, Media (UTSC) & Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta; Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment
Elder’s Council Coordinator, Onion Lake Cree Nation; Cree Language Interpreter and Translator
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