Beyond the End of the World: Radical Futurability in Future Compasses

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationProfessional


Future compasses are user-generated visual texts posted in forums like Reddit that are engaged in futurability, defining themselves as “compasses dictating what the future may be or will be”. With future compasses, negotiations towards different futures take place based on users exchanging visions of the future through experimental aesthetics and cultures of play. In this work, I critically examine how future compasses subvert automated visions of the future and engage in aesthetic visions of futurability.
Period9 Apr 2021
Event titleAnnual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2017
Event typeConference
LocationUtrecht, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • reddit
  • aesthetics
  • futurity
  • play
  • computationality
  • New Aesthetic