This blog had a rather complicated trajectory. I started it at the end of 2008, to write primarily about my ‘professional’ and ‘serious’ things – despite the title Playing Futures alludes a certain degree of un-seriousness. I was planning to write here about the ‘futures multiple’ and specifically about the use of ‘serious games’ as a way to imagine and explore these futures. Back then I was working on these issues in a large company (and back then the company didn’t bother helping its people to write about the things they do).
Later this concept, of ‘playing (with) the futures’, became a founding principle and a working approach of my new company, called Summ( )n. It even went to the company’s slogan, ‘We summon the futures. For you to play with them now.’ Instead of propelling this blog, however, the company’s activities depleted it. I started to write about all these ‘futures’ in the Summ()n’s own blog.
This blog thus became a collection of more or less random musements, and of the visual associations related to the ‘futures’ of all sorts – but also to philosophy, social studies, psychology, photography and what not. Because of the permanent time pressure, the postings here are often not much more than collections of pictures I take while visiting various interesting events. In a funny way, I often write lesser of the ‘wordly content’ in this blog than in my Twitter.
PS: Many things have changed since I wrote the above ‘about’ in 2012. I started a large research project related to the history of mirrors, and ideas about mirrors, and their depiction in art (see Art Mirrors Art). I also and spend more time on very visual Tumblr (I even moved there my longest-running project, aman-geld). Gradually, this blog has lost its ‘future color’ and became a more conventional daily log where I keep the visual impressions as life goes by.