Future Has Desires
2020-2021 Research Project

Future has Desires is a research-based project that investigates the nature and structure of being a collective. 


With the pandemic period, a new understanding of coexistence emerges, leading up to a new type of discussion on the need and condition of collectivity in today’s world. Now, in this new state where everything can be questioned and shaken from its root as Bruno Latour states*, this can be an opportunity to question the current contemporary art scene and even a perfect time to express our common desire to change it and to unite around this desire. 


In this project, we would like to investigate further questions such as: 

- What is the nature and conditions of the collectivity today?

- What are the ways of organizing new associations, setting collective decision-making processes, and acting together?

- How does collective work continue in the long run?

- Why do members of a collective leave the group after they line up with their common goals?


This one-year research project consists of four chapters: Literature review focusing not only on art writings but also those from the fields of philosophy, sociology, and psychology; Survey created for collective working groups to fill in; Online meetings with the matched groups and specified contents as a result of the survey, and finally, Book consisting of the transcription of the meetings from audio to text that would be pieced together as a final product. Each step is complementary: the previous step will add elements to the content of the next step. 


The program will be developed together with participants from Turkey and nearby geography. It is desired to bring together structures that are similar in social, economic, and political tensions, that can mutually try the methods they apply and the solutions they reach, and that can adapt to their own conditions. Apart from these collectives cited above, it is planned to invite other collective structures to the project as a result of the survey phase. 


The program has a flow suggested by PASAJ, the whole process is open to be shaped by common decisions. Nil Mutluer in the field of sociology, İpek Altun in the field of psychology, and Leila Haghighat in the field of philosophy support research. 


* https://aoc.media/opinion/2020/03/29/imaginer-les-gestes-barrieres-contre-leretour-a-la-production-davant-crise/