Latitudes / Argos Films / Mariana Castillo Deball

What are we going to do after we’ve done what we’re going to do next?, for The Uncertainty Principle

La Capella MACBA, Barcelona, 1–7 June 2009

The Uncertainty Principle” was an intensive programme curated by Chus Martínez and produced by the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) that analysed the multiple ways of generating a hypothesis through lectures, performances, films, videos and artists' presentations. Latitudes curated the video programme “What are we going to do after we’ve done what we’re doing to do next?” as part of the third section of “The Uncertainty Principle” which posed the question “Why is it so difficult to make useful mistakes?”.

The five films considered the notion of memory in reverse, prognosis, doubt and strategic foresight within the arena of futurology, in particular narratives of time travel, asking “How we might look beyond the present with or without recourse to established genres?”. The programme in turn functioned as a trailer for the exhibition Sequelism. Episode 3: Possible, Probable, or Preferable Futures, curated by Latitudes with Nav Haq, which opened at Arnolfini, Bristol, the following month.

Jordan Wolfson, 'Untitled (the nothing)', 2005-9
4 mins. English, no subtitles.
A nearly-3D documentary interview with Alfred Bielek, a man who claims to have taken part in secret US government programmes involving time travel, mind control and alien contact.

Mariana Castillo Deball, 'Nobody was Tomorrow', 2008
15 mins. Serbian, English subtitles.
Taking the style of a childrens’ tale, this video consists of three interconnected stories, including that of Nobody, an aging machine once used in the National Library in Belgrade.

Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska, 'Museum Futures: Distributed', 2008
32 mins. English, Subtitled in Spanish.
Commissioned by Moderna Museet in Stockholm on their 50th anniversary, this film stages a hypothetical interview with Ayan Lindquist, director of the Swedish museum in the year 2058.

Chris Marker, 'La Jetée', 1962
28 mins. French. Subtitles available on DVD.
A masterpiece of filmmaking set in a post-apocalyptic near-future, and told almost entirely in still frames.

Marjolijn Dijkman, 'Wandering Through the Future', 2007
59 mins. Multiple Languages. No subtitles.
Fragments of seventy film productions from all over the world take us through visions of the future from 2008 until 802701.

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