The 9th Futurological Congress
An upcoming iteration of The 9th Futurological Congress will take place in Bratislava on 22-23 September of this year, 2018. The congress has been invited to Bratislava by Apart, and it will be hosted at the auditorium of the Slovak Radio Building.
The main interest of the 9th Futurological Congress is to look at the future from several discrete perspectives, avoiding totalizing gestures or predictions – we are curious about the future, and we want to work on it… yet we don’t want to dictate what the future should be.
For the Bratislava iteration of the Futurological Congress, we are concerning ourselves with The Future of Language. Looking at it from the broadest perspective, language is many things: There is voice, there is text, there are musical notation systems… Language is communication. A way of communication is through words, but there is also the silence that helps give shape to those words. There is singing, there are stories passed around from voice to voice, there are misunderstandings, shibboleths, strange accents and mistranslations. There is the language of the body, and the means of communication used by those who are not able to speak. There are musical instruments, animal interactions in frequencies that are inaudible to the human ear, there is the cadence and lilt of poetry when it is being performed, and the difference from when it is only read on paper. There are bird mating calls, there is the low rumble of the earth, there are lexicons and idioms that belong to particular generations, and there are also lexicons and idioms that belong to specific political positions. There is the language of universalism, and there is also the terrible language that is spoken by the sound of war.
Julieta Aranda, Peter Sit
Organized by APART in cooperation with tranzit.sk
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Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council, Erste Foundation, Július Koller Society