We’re interested in collaboratively ‘mapping’ alternate futures based on community control. In this project we have chosen to travel to sites of potential antagonism; where a community’s future vision for the area is in conflict with the plans imposed by external interveners, such as national and foreign governments, multinational corporations, international financial institutions and large-scale western NGOs.
Our understandings of the spaces in which we live are intertwined with our social relationships, our relationships to nature and technology. In mapping our future geographies we are also demarcating how we want to engage with each other, and engage with and understand our worlds.
A map of the future offers a competing and potentially antagonistic vision to the narrow opportunities presented to communities by neoliberal globalisation. If self determination is to mean anything at all it needs to be about a collective empowerment to envision and materially create futures. These tensions between these futures are played out in ongoing struggles over access and control to land and resources.
Here we’ll be documenting this process as a kind of visual & audio scrap book. We hope to make this a space for people to be explores and cartographers for our own worlds.