Research is mul­ti-tem­po­ral — it is in the moment, ret­ro­spec­tive and prospec­tive at the same time. Years of exper­tise of par­tic­i­pants from the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal projects come togeth­er and enable new spaces of explo­ration and learn­ing to answer cur­rent and for­ward-look­ing ques­tions. Accord­ing­ly, research in the FTRS project is mul­ti-vocal, col­lab­o­ra­tive, and trans­dis­ci­pli­nary in nature.

Cur­rent and emerg­ing projects focus on urban future worlds, the non-archiv­able, and more-than-humxn alliances in the con­text of eco­log­i­cal, social, and spa­tial trans­for­ma­tions. Some of these cor­re­spond with work­ing groups in the lab as explorato­ry space for new ideas, the­o­ries, and meth­ods.

Futures Naturally

PIs: Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe, Mar­i­on Schulze, Jef­frey Schnapp

Plants as actors still con­sti­tute a major blind spot in aca­d­e­m­ic and soci­etal dis­cours­es when it comes to sus­tain­able eco­log­i­cal futures, let alone the role and place of plants in grow­ing vir­tu­al worlds, or dig­i­tized natures as a mere tech­no­log­i­cal fix to the dimin­ish­ing vari­ety of plant species.

While research in design, social sci­ences and human­i­ties begins to touch upon the agen­tive nature of plants, we are yet to under­stand and reflect upon col­lab­o­ra­tions with plant more (self)critically: a posthu­man col­lab­o­ra­tion with plants includ­ing and beyond organ­ic mat­ter will ulti­mate­ly also shed light on everyone’s role as actors in eco­log­i­cal assem­blages on a path toward com­mon futures.


PI: Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe

As a site of selec­tive pub­lic or pri­vate mem­o­ry, a col­lec­tion of evi­dence in mate­r­i­al and imma­te­r­i­al form shaped by var­i­ous pow­er dynam­ics, and a metaphor for hold­ing data, the archive is cen­tral to the medi­at­ed pro­duc­tion and under­stand­ing of archival bod­ies as agents and mnemon­ic devices.

The an:archive, the “not-archive,” builds on a queer depar­ture towards and includ­ing bod­ies, mat­ter and mate­ri­al­i­ties that resist con­ven­tion­al modes of archiv­ing. There­by, it takes a high­ly self-crit­i­cal approach to the archive and has agen­tive fea­tures with­out becom­ing anoth­er dom­i­nat­ing force. The an:archive is sit­u­at­ed in the ambigu­ous realm that defies the bina­ries of memory/forgetting (Ass­mann 1999), un/building (Hal­ber­stam 2018), un/boundedness (Dou­glas 1970), threat/opportunity (Rao 2008), freedom/control (Fou­cault 1977), de/colonizing (Fanon 1952), de/composition (Kozel 2017).

Neue Projekte & Publikationen


Prof. Dr. Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe

Founder & Project Lead

Jef­frey Schnapp

Founder meta­l­ab Har­vard & Part­ner

Qingyi Ren

PHD Can­di­date & Researcher

Han­na Sipos