Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)


1-1-progres-logoThe sequence of the words progress, future and futura plus at first glance seem to carry an acceleration (or progression, for the better of it) of future-ness, but nothing may be more deceiving than that.

At its conception in 19th century social theories, the notion of progress (referring to society in progress) was truly radical – remember that before, society and social positions were thought to be in a divine and immutable order. Suddenly, a believe in the possibility and desirability of change occurred. Progress therefore is projective; it is an arrow, a direction forward in time to a moment considered to be better than the present moment. On the other hand, the notion of future itself is less connected to the idea of a collective moving forward. Although sounding even more progressive, in itself it is just a state (“this is a future”); a fact not withholding numerous people to find inspiration in it. (more…)

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