This is an experimental project developed together with the architect Uriel Fogué and the interdisciplinary research group (I)nteresección. Its aim is to develop experimental methodologies to enable forms of knowledge-production outside traditional academic formats.
The Cabinet of Political Fictions is our first experimental methodology: it is an attempt to strategically use fiction to test, extend and subvert existing conceptual vocabularies. So far we have developed two Cabinets:
CABINET V. 1.0: ALIEN INVASION
In the first fictional scenario, a Cabinet Crisis was summoned to deal with an urgent global crisis: the alien invasion of the earth. The Cabinet was tasked with the writing of a new consitution that, within 48-hours, had to lay the foundations for a new regime co-habitation amongst the different species living on the Earth.
Through this fictional scenario, we attempted to address some of the pressing questions underlining the current ecological crisis, such as: Is it possible to develop a new framework of cohabitation in which humankind gives up its privileged central position? What would be the practical implications of such displacement? What kind of political vocabularies do we need to develop to make room for such possibility?
CABINET 2.0 €-HAL
The second fictional scenario was based on the creation €-Hal, a powerful supercomputer secretly developed by EU scientists and capable of controlling the Eurozone economy without any human input, thus making economy totally independent from political and democratic processes. A new Cabinet Crisis was summoned this time to discuss and deal with €-HAL's decisions and its wider implications for society.
In this fiction, we wanted to address some of the issues raised by the ongoing Eurozone crisis, such as: What are the boundaries separating the political from the economic? What is the space of the political when 'the market' becomes the primary logic of governance? What kind of institutional frameworks are required to safeguard the space of politics? What is the space of politics?
Stay tuned here (in spanish!) for future fictions!
Deptartment of Communication, UC San Diego
CABINET OF POLITICAL FICTIONS