Join SPACE Art + Technology artist in residence Minna Långström for The Prime Directive, a role-playing night of space travel, visiting new worlds with a mission only to witness and learn – not interfere.
During this immersive workshop, space-travelling participants are sent to parallel worlds never before visited by Earthlings, to critically explore and report back their findings to the rest of the crew. You will be introduced to a basic scenario where you can pick a role. After the introduction, you will be divided into smaller groups, each with a specific speculative destination. The workshop will end with a discussion where the groups will be invited to share information and reflect on the speculative worlds they visited.
In her recent work Minna Långström explores how cultural perceptions and scientific goals affect each other. While fantasies about the future often say more about contemporary times, speculative scenarios can have a liberating effect on critical thinking. With no particular goal in mind, the playful workshop aims to give each participant a safe haven in which to collaboratively contemplate the present, future and other realities.
The workshop is for people of all backgrounds and disciplines who have an inclusive world view, are interested in culture, science or technology or artistic research. No prior knowledge of science-fiction or role playing is needed, although of course welcomed!
Please note, this workshop is taking place at SPACE's new venue in Ilford. For more details on travel to Ilford, click here.
Minna Långström works across moving image, documentation and installation to study science imagery and world views. Responding to this year’s theme ‘alternative futures’, Långström has been in residence from September – December 2019, undertaking research for her project The Truth Serum. Långström’s project considers questions of creativity on the one hand and conformation on the other in the age of social media, as well as questions of mediated truths and representation in national narratives.