Yugo-Futuring / YuFu as Methodology

The struggle to align perspectives and mobilize collective demands underscores the pressing need for a novel approach, perhaps embodied in a concept like "yugo-futuring." The idea of collective "yugo-futuring" suggests a collaborative effort, drawing inspiration from various currents, concepts, and formats. Utopia as a method, science fiction, affirmative speculation, visionary fiction, futures theater, and economic design fictions all offer potential pathways. Embracing these methodologies could serve as a missing link, revitalizing our collective capacity to envision, simulate and demand alternative economic futures.

1. On one side there could be many definitions for yugofuturism, on the other, there is a reluctance to define it at all. In that reluctance I situate my tendency to think of yugofuturism as a term that is operative, rather than a term bearing meanings and definitions. (njegova operativnost leži upravo u manjku identifikacije)

2. To make a term without definition an operative term, one must find its effects, performances and procedures. One must turn it into an action. In a way, we should transgress from yugofuturism to yugofuturing (to borrow Rok Kranjc’s term).

3. For a start, what is futuring? Futuring is an individual and/or collective exercise of speculative thinking and reimagining possible scenarious that could play out in the future. It is to ask "What if...?".

4. Capitalism views the future as a space of unclaimed land devoid of people or other living beings - a desert which capital can apropriate, use it as it wills, and expand on it. In terms of time, future is seen through the lens of capitalism as the continuation of what is already here because there are no alternative realities. “The future is ours”, the slogan is repeated while actually disconnecting us from any future that could be (a future yet to happen): non-linear, unknown, resistant to what is present (future is not a continuation, but a break), and collective. We are disconnected from the future not only because we hold the belief that it is rightfully ours (otherwise it is just empty and barren, we seem to believe), but also because we are actionless and inoperative.

5. Yugo-futuring would thus be an applied strategy of forming different collective naratives for a future space of former Yugoslav countries. These naratives wouldn't be predictions, but speculative scenarios that would affect and direct our actions in the present. We would become active participants of the future.