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SHOWINGS: Duration of Things

Duration of things
April 8, 2015, at 6:30PM
Karl Schroeder
Isabell Spengler

Science fiction writer and professional future-caster Karl Schroeder and Berlin based artist Isabell Spengler, will engage with Spengler’s exhibition Two Days at the Falls at Trinity Square Video, and contend with ways we are simultaneously living in pasts and futures through everyday objects, technologies and their lifespans. Devices include Cones of Plausibility, Bergson’s Memory Cone and Constraint theory. With guest reporter, Wet Stone.

This will also mark the opening of Isabell Spengler’s exhibition Two Days at the Falls. This exhibition and her residency are presented by Images Festival, the Goethe-Institut and Trinity Square Video in the framework of the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange.


SHOWINGS is a series of material-discursive events where invited artists, filmmakers, science fiction writers, and future-casters reconfigure our relationships to technologies through a science fiction lens. Programmed by Trinity Square Video’s Curatorial Research Resident, Maiko Tanaka.


Karl Schroeder is a professional futurist and science fiction and fantasy author. He divides his time between writing fiction and analyzing, conducting workshops and speaking on the potential impacts of science and technology on society. As the author of ten novels he has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. In addition to more traditional fiction, Schroeder has pioneered a new mode of writing that blends fiction and rigorous futures research. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists with his own consultancy, and is currently Chair of the Canadian node of the Millennium Project, a private/public foresight consultancy active in 50 nations. In 2011 he attained a Masters degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto.

Isabell Spengler is a filmmaker living and working in Berlin, focusing primarily in the areas of film and performance. In collaboration with other artists she develops concepts and experiments in which visual ideas are transferred into film structures by means of photography, drawing, performance, costume design, and model making. Since 1998 Spengler’s films, installations, and performances have been presented worldwide at festivals and exhibitions including the Berlin International Film Festival, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in Riga, Images Festival in Toronto, EXIS Festival in Seoul, the KunstfilmBiennale in Cologne, Internationale Kurzfilmtage in Oberhausen, Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna, Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Pleasure Dome in Toronto, House of World Cultures in Berlin, Experimenta in Bangalore, Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo, and Hebbel Theater am Ufer in Berlin. She has received numerous grants and awards for her artistic works. Various productions have been developed in collaboration with the choreographer Antonia Baehr as well as by invitation of the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin.