9th FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS 2016-2018 (we expect difficulties)
THE EIGHTH WORLD FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS was held in Costa Rica. To tell the truth, I never would have gone to Nounas if it hadn't been for Professor Tarantoga, who gave me clearly to understand that this was expected of me. He also said pointedly that space travel nowadays was an escape from the problems of Earth. That is, one took off for the stars in the hope that the worst would happen and be done with in one's absence. And indeed I couldn't deny that more than once I had peered anxiously out the porthole - especially when returning from a long voyage - to see whether or not our planet resembled a burnt potato. So I didn't argue the point with Tarantoga, but only remarked that, really, I wasn't much of an expert on futurology. His reply was that hardly anyone knows a thing about pumping, and yet we don't stand idly by when we hear the cry of "Man the pumps!"
— (excerpt from: The Futurological Congress (from the memoirs of Ijon Tichy) Published in Polish in 1971, English translation 1974)
The 9th Futurological Congress is
Some of the themes to be explored in the 9th Futurological Congress are the future of... Animals, Apple, Art, Borders, Conversation, Craft, Drugs, Energy, Fiction, Food, Gender, Geography, History, Images, Labor, Language, Love, Money, Memory, Past, Play, Politics, Resourcefulness, Science, Stupidity, Travel, War, Weather, Writing
The chairpersons of the 9th Futurological Congress are: Julieta Aranda Paolo Chiasera Mareike Dittmer
Director at large Ijon Tichy
With the invaluable participation of: Karen Archey, Michael Bracewell, Benjamin Bratton, Ory Dessau, Susanne von Falkenhausen, Paul Feigelfeld, Natasha Ginwala, Francesco Gori, Raphael Gygax, Ed Keller, Adam Kleinman, Chus Martínez, Antonia Majaca, Ari Benjamin Mayers, Daniel Muzyczuk, Pedro Neves Marques, Filipa Ramos, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Rory Rowan, Mohammad Salemmy, Marcus Steinweg, Jennifer Teets, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Anton Vidokle, Joanna Warsza, Lorenzo Benedetti and Noemi Smolik.
(amongst many other that will come on board over the next two years)
Hoping very much that you too will become part of the future,
Sincerely, Ijon Tichy
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