Led by some of the most authoritative voices working across the humanities in both Italy and Canada, A Toolkit for the Future is a campaign for the Canadian Embassy to Italy in which Italian and Canadian creatives worked together to imagine a post-pandemic world based on new ethics and care.
Through a series of digital conversations and video material, the campaign draws from semiotics and fashion, advertising and tarot symbolism, pop culture and activism to help us imagine a future in which control and freedom, structure and dreams, ambiguity and certainty, performance and pleasure, profit and kindness, numbers and art, rational thinking and divinity, networks and hierarchies can fuel each other towards the weaving of a better, more inclusive, more empathic future.
Client: Canadian Embassy in Italy
Creative Director: Livia Filotico
Video Artist: Frances Mckenzie
Partners: Tlon & Maxxi Museum
Media Partners: Hella Network
1. THE MOON AS A GUIDING LIGHT FOR THE FUTURE
MAXXI MUSEUM, 17 DECEMBER 2020
“Moonlight and indirection, not the full noon-time glare all at once. That, is good advice for creatives”Margaret Atwood
How can art help us find our way back to a future in which light and shadows can coexist and thrive off each other? We discuss this with one of the most anarchic-minded authors of the 21st century, Canadian Margaret Atwood, who, in this conversation with Livia Filotico and Giovanna Melandri and drawing from the artistic imagery of the moon in western traditions, helps us imagine change using the moon as a lens.
Bedfellows is a video created and directed by Canadian artist Frances Adair Mckenzie for ‘A Toolkit for the Future‘. Things are changing at such an impossible speed that wildly imaginative alternatives for how we live are more important than ever. Mckenzie’s alternative draws from a rich repertoire of video effects and voiceovers by poets Maya Khamala and David M. Armstrong. Inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerer’s writings on forests and environmental biology and by Ursula Le Guin’s writings on futuristic anthropology, Bedfellows insists on the possibility that, taken together, poetry, love and history can lead us beyond our fear of change, towards new horizons.
3. HOW FORESTS THINK
Forests think. This is the conclusion that Eduardo Kohn, associate professor of Anthropology at McGill University, reached after spending four years among the Runa people of Ecuador and afterwards translated into his internationally acclaimed, prize-winning title How Forests Think, published in Italian by nottetempo in July 2021. We discussed this and more with Eduardo and Andrea Colamedici on Tlon’s social media channels. You can watch the event here.