The future has been sold. Parceled, bundled, and securitized, it serves as
the connective tissue for a global system where speculation turns a profit.
Projections of better tomorrows incorporate us in collective fictions: there
is always a way to optimize the present, to upgrade and improve what is to
come. Endless promissory notes tame uncertainty as risk, even as predato-
ry insurance schemes thrive on fears of oncoming deterioration, disaster,
Against such phantasmatic screens of anticipation, this project artic-
ulates and practices what we call affirmative speculation.
We are an uncertain commons: a collective of academics, mediaphiles,
activists, and dreamers who imagine ourselves as an open and nonfinite
group. We explore the promises and perils of collaborative intellectual la-
bor, combining critical analysis with the playful promiscuity that is intrin-
sic to thought. We perform anonymity as a challenge to the current norms
of evaluating, commodifying, and institutionalizing intellectual labor. Fi-
nally, we contest the proprietary enclosure of knowledge, imagination, and
communication, while also affirming the potentialities of the common.