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In an alternate reality I am at Intonal Festival in Malmo, Sweden this week.

Instead, my talk ‘The Future Is A Vibe’ will be showing on Intonal’s Youtube Channel at 15.30 CEST Saturday 19th June. 14.30pm UK time.

I’ll be in the chat during the premier if anyone wants to hang out.

I’m sad that I’m not going to get to see the friends who are playing at/running the festival, Brexited to live there. But its 2021 and is what it is I suppose.


About his talk “The Future is a Vibe”, he writes:

How can we use emerging aesthetic movements like Solarpunk to shift and change culture towards a better future? How can we make life more wonderful for us right now, as well as for our descendants? The future is as much about today as it is tomorrow.

This talk is about the de-futuring impulses of mass culture around us, and what we can do to counter them. To imagine new futures we must first dislocate them from the present. Jay will offer up a toolbox of ideas that can be used to create quick speculative presents. Atemporality, juxtaposition, vibes, and more. These ‘new nows’ can inspire us to explore different and new futures. Remember folks, it’s the vibe that dislocates the present to re-future the future.

The talk is a bit experimental. It’s about scissor labels, memetic engines, ‘future texture’, vibes, and Solarpunk. It represents where I am personally right now. The only thing I don’t mention I think is citizen sci-fi.

The session was originally going to be a two way discussion with the audience, stepping them from one idea to another rather than presented as a complete polished thread or thesis.
So expect some weirdness.

I wrote up my current definition of a ‘Memetic Engine’ here.

Here’s some slides from the talk to whet ones whistle.

‘The Future Is A Vibe’ will be showing on Intonal’s Youtube Channel at 15.30 CEST Saturday 19th June. 14.30pm UK time.

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Jay Springett is a Solarpunk, and consultant strategist, currently specialising in the distributed web, metaverse, and world running. He is currently writing his first public book: Land as Platform.

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