This blog has a difficult 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.
Later this concept, of ‘playing the futures’, became a founding principle, and a working approach of my new company, called Summ( )n. It even went to its slogan, ‘We summon the futures. For you to play with them now.’ But instead of propelling this blog further, the company’s activities depleted it, also because I started to write about all these ‘futures’ in the Summ()n’s own blog (still try to to, albeit with limited success). 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.
But with such content this blog started to compete (at least in terms of my time-budget) with my old-running, Russian-language blog I kept on Livejournal (which was six years old in 2008, when I started this blog, and by now, in 2012, is more than ten years ‘young’!) . Also, during the years we all have experienced the raise of other ‘digital spaces’ of all sorts – Twitters, Facebooks, and many more. So, this corner had its ups and downs (and I guess will still have them in a foreseeable futures).
But still, the need is there; or rather ‘here’. I am restarting this blog again, around the end of 2012; let’s see how it will go this time.
PS: Many things have changed since I wrote the above ‘about’; I have stopped my LJ blog, I got into a very serious (for me) project related to the history of mirrors, and of their depiction in art history (see Art Mirrors Art), 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 gradually became a more conventional one, where I just collect the visual impressions, as life goes by.