I’m at this moment attending and exhibiting at the EPIC conference in Copenhagen. It’s set in amazing surroundings at the Uni of Copenhagen and im surrounded by ethnographers, social anthropologists, designers of all strands. The conference theme is (in)visibility. I’m showing The Delphi Party service of the fictitious FATE institute in context of unveiling possible futures of a loved one within a facilitated workshop of friends and family.
Map by Tanya Rainsley
The FATE institute (3) currently resides in the Tower Hamlets Unregulated Zone, a self-sufficient, self-run initiative run by the TOWER HAMLETS residents negotiated via the UK government.
A FATE representative will be attending a meeting at the Lancaster University to discuss with various experts from the “Lancaster university expert assessors of the Tower Hamlets Unregulated Zone” what might be the next steps for the FATE institute in the context of its own successful future and its implications on the residents of the Tower Hamlets. Having spent the last few years generating a massive database of future forecasting methodologies and hiring an array of practitioners to visit, research and expand the holistic body of future self-knowledge of the institute. It will be a new meeting to discuss where might the FATE institute go next?How will it expand its NURTURE NATURE NEITHER research and therapy groups? What will be the future of genetic determinism now with the ever forward thinking J Craig Venter institute begins to create new organisms using synthetic bio blocks. How will evolution and belief systems evolve as more and more atheists take control of their ever increasing non-belief powers? Will the FATE intititue become a place for safe living to exist? How will FATE become an environment for those Tower Hamlets residents who wish to practice new future forecasting non-beliefs ? Will new genes be coded at the NATURE group in such a way as to be able to control the future of themselves?A FATE museum could house the vast taxonomies of past and present future forecasting services and products that have been applied over the past few years.
More thoughts and questions will be generated over the next few days and the future of the FATE institute hangs in the balance!……..
Tonight on ITV predictive gene testing will enter the mainstream on a programme called The Killer In Me. A number of celebrities will go through the process of having their dna sequenced and tested against their susceptibility to a variety of diseases that can currently be analysed against each persons genotype.
Telegraph article about The Killer in Me celebrities
The Independent article about PGT.
See my past articles about predictive gene testing.
Read more about the FATE institute and the Gene Ceremony.
Images from the three departments of research and therapy at the FATE Institute: THE FUTURES ASSOCIATION FOR THERAPY AND ENTERTAINMENT
The Gene Ceremony: NATURE RESEARCH & THERAPY GROUP:
Gene Testing is introduced by using a variety of foods and food utensils that act as alternative DNA swabs to determine the likelihood of developing certain diseases or behavioural disorders. A ceremonial process ensures the experience of extracting the individuals genetic material is in line with the severity of the diagnostic information it reveals.
The Delphi Party: NURTURE RESEARCH & THERAPY GROUP
This futurology technique draws on the area of corporate forecasting where a roomful of experts are brought together in a workshop format to determine the future likelihood of a certain technology being adopted and with what applications.In place of industry experts Friends and Family members of a patient of the FATE institute are drawn together under the guidance of an experienced consultant and facilitator to discuss the probability of certain life events taking place.