We Can’t Be There. Emergency Provisions for (Un)Anticipated Futures Series


The series brings together artists, academics and cultural commentators to explore and develop methods and approaches to study temporality, disasters and the politics of futurity.

Programme of Events

24th January 2015, 1-3pm, Cinema 1, ICA.

Artist Mikhail Karikis in conversation with Oreet Ashery and David Oswell (Sociology, Goldsmiths). Chaired by Rebecca Coleman (Sociology, Goldsmiths).

18th April 2015, 12-2pm, Cinema 1, ICA.

Artist Deniz Uster in conversation with Nerea Calvillo (Sociology, Goldsmiths) and Matthew de Albatua. Chaired by Michael Guggenheim (Sociology, Goldsmiths).

Supported by the European Research Fund ‘Organising Disaster. Civil Protection and the Population’ Starting Grant, and the Methods Lab, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths.

Film commissioned by Farook Foundation

21st April 2015, Workshop and performative dinner, Delfina Foundation.

Led by Michael Guggenheim (Sociology, Goldsmiths) and Judith Kröll (Social Studies of Science, Vienna and shared inc.) culminating with an Emergency Provision public dinner.

Submit your disaster scenario to Yasmina@delfinafoundation.com for a chance to win a free dinner.

More info and booking here

May/June 2015, Goldsmiths, University of London (TBC).

Artist Neil Beloufa (speakers TBC). Chaired by Michael Guggenheim (Sociology, Goldsmiths).

17th June 2015, 8-10pm, Cinema 1, ICA.

Iván Argote in conversation with Alberto Toscano (Sociology, Goldsmiths) and Benjamin Kunkel (writer and editor of N+1 magazine). Chaired by Yasmina Reggad.

26th June 2015, (Time TBC), Goldsmiths.

Methods Clinic to support artists and researchers on how to develop and improve projects that cross the border of the arts and social sciences with respects to inventive methods (broadly defined). Participants will present a particular research problem on the topic of imagining and materializing the future to invited practitioners.

For more information on how to submit an abstract (deadline 8th May), email rebecca.coleman@gold.ac.uk and m.guggenheim@gold.ac.uk

27th June 2015, 10.30am-4.30pm, Tate Modern.

Workshop led by artists Mikhail Karikis and Iván Argote followed by a Seminar including lectures and live demonstrations by Rebecca Coleman, Bernd Kraftner, Michael Guggenheim and artist Natascha Sadr Haghighian. Chaired by Yasmina Reggad.

The We Can’t Be There series is organised by Yasmina Reggad, Rebecca Coleman and Michael Guggenheim. Supported by the European Research Council Starting Grant, Organising Disaster, and  David Oswell.