Human beings have, throughout the ages, felt the urge to predict the future. In ancient times, oracles were consulted, people read in the bowels of sacrificial animals for prophecies, or looked into the constellation of stars up in the sky. For many decades in the past, the eccentric fortune teller Walter Mercado made prophecies about the future in popular tv appearances, nowadays innumerous astrology websites on the internet do the job.
In the future, we will examine the future in the past and various theories of time, oracles and riddles, and, following Karen Barad ́s thoughts, the possibility that the past might not have arrived yet. Maybe the future has been slowly cancelled over and over again and all we’re left with is the endless and timeless reproduction of anachronisms.
Like in that club scene in a science-fiction movie: no matter when the film is produced, it’s represented forever as a club in the 1980s when the doomsday clock was showing five minutes to midnight.
There is a storm coming, says the man at the gas station. I know, I say, replay Sarah Connor.
© Thomas Aurin