VIRTUAL WORLDS

CoFutures

Virtual Worlds

The Virtual Worlds Working Group (VirWor) explores the theory, history, and development of virtual environments. Its goal is to understand the potential of virtual environments in creating possible worlds.

The data is 1s and 0s. Life is the jazz.

Datajack Sinder Roze, "Infobop". Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri : Alien Crossfire/SMACX, 1999

TASK SETS

Virtual Environments and Speculative Futures


This VirWor task set explores how futures are visualized in virtual environments, and asks: what kinds of futures is it possible to imagine?





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Theories and Histories of the Virtual


This VirWor task set explores the history of virtual environments, and theoretical and philosophical principles underlying virtual worldbuilding.





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Gameworlds and Possible Worlds


This VirWor task set explores the societal impact of videogames, especially their role in creating sustainable visions of the future.





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ReImagining Speculative Technologies


This VirWor task set explores how games imagine or reimagine future technologies, especially within postapocalyptic or ruined landscapes.





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FORTHCOMING

CoFUTURES: EXHIBITION

CoFUTURES will organize a museum exhibition in 2022 dealing with contemporary strategies in thinking through climate change, via speculative reflection, involving communities in Oslo, science fiction writers, games designers, and artists.

CoFUTURES: THE GAME(S)

CoFUTURES will produce or co-produce games incorporating ideas from the task sets.