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Transformational Dream Objects (TDO’s)




Dream Vessel

107593878567140388VQ9GiimXcDuring the opening of Be Our Guest at Oriel Davies, the Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands will present new research. Using pioneering technology from the future the Institute has captured dreams of those staying in B&B’s around Newtown. Visitors will be invited to engage with these dreams and to participate in ongoing research by the Institute, into inner dreamscapes and ‘Transformational Dream Objects (TDO’s).

Opening event: 29th June 2013.

Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys

When the birds have gone at Rhôd, Sunday 26th May – Saturday 1st June 2013








When the birds have gone is the current research project by the Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands, a post-apocalyptic research unit based in the future, studying the past, which is actually the present. Led by Fern Thomas and in collaboration with others, the Institute explores how we vision the future through interdisciplinary explorations rooted in phenomenology and social sculpture.

When the birds have gone questions what it would be like to live in a post-avian world. The work shared at Rhôd will showcase the latest technologies developed by the Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands in response to a world without birds. Visitors will be provided with relevant documents and information in order to interact with the pioneering technological developments.

When the birds have gone is part of a wider research project connected to Bridging the Gaps at Swansea University, where the Institute is working with researchers across disciplines to explore the role of birds and birdsong in our lives and what the effects would be should they disappear.


Swansea Researchers: Win a Golden Ticket!




more information below:

The Time Travelling Deep Sea Exploration Vessel, chartered by the Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands, is an exciting new development in time travel and future preservation.

Aboard the vessel will be housed the most significant, dynamic and challenging representations of research necessary for the benefit of the future. The vessel will also act as a living and working area for up to 100 people.

Researchers are invited to offer suggestions for what they think is needed for the future. This can range from specimens, certain kinds of knowledge or particular kinds of technology. Maybe you want to suggest what sort of spaces are needed, the different functions of the vessel, the material it is made out of, or the kind of living and interactive spaces required for the people aboard. It is probable that your suggestion will be connected to your current research.

It may be that your suggestion is at risk of not existing in the future and so putting it aboard the vessel will guarantee its future existence. Or perhaps your suggestion does not yet exist yet as it may be, for example, bound by time and space or gravity, but please be free and experimental with your ideas in relation to what you think we need for the future as we at the Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands are committed to making it happen.

There will also be an on board library and so we also invite participants to suggest a book for the library, this can be of any discipline or genre.

There are no weight or size restrictions on board, and indeed, your suggestion may be something that is invisible, but everything will be accommodated for. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity (unless you are already experienced in the art of time travel and we have met before.)

Astral Tincture from Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands

Coming soon…





Bedwyr Williams and the Starry Messenger

The Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands will be participating in the following Amateur Convention:

More details to follow

An Amateur Convention in consideration of Wales in Venice 2013 at St Fagans: National History Museum, Cardiff.

Friday March 15, 11am – 5pm

“The astronomer is stood in the window in a kind of half trance because he is getting a buzz from seeing his observatory with a starry night above it. So even though whilst he should be in there looking into the eyepiece breathing noisily through his nose chomping on the eyepiece with his baggy eye he’s actually getting some pleasure from looking at his hobby. The brochure he had thumbed for months showed a scene not unlike this. This man is observing his observatory”

Extract from, ‘The Astronomer’, by Bedwyr Williams, Performance Text, 2012.

Featuring Bedwyr Williams alongside other contributors, the Convention promises a great day of artistic interchange in a unique venue. Composed of talks, performances and film screenings that explore the relationship between stargazing and the home, the cosmos, the role of the amateur, this informal event poses crucial questions, such as:-

Why, through the ages, have we been so fascinated by the cosmos? How have we used it to learn more about our future and discover knowledge of our past? What does it mean to work as an amateur in a field filled with professionals? How much dust is in the universe? What does a shrivelled apple have to do with a 19th Century photograph of the moon? How is Terrazzo flooring made? And why do atoms jiggle?

Alongside Bedwyr Williams contributors include; Dr. Haley Gomez, Cardiff University, exploring her research into the role that Cosmic Dust plays in both hiding and revealing many of the cosmos’ secrets; Amateur Astronomer, Moelwyn Thomas will consider how astrophotography in the home has changed over the past 40 years; Artist Thomas Goddard delves into the archive of the Beast of Bala: and Daryl Green, St Andrews University, discusses Nasmyth and Carpenter’s extraordinary book, The Moon Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite, that brought together two wonders of the 19th Century industrial imagination, astronomy and photography.

Lion | Fragment | Bell



17th – 23rd September 2012

Richard Hamilton Building, Headington Hill Campus

Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

Open daily between 10am – 6pm

For Fragment | Lion | Bell the Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands will share recent and ongoing explorations. Using the Richard Hamilton Building as its base for the duration of the IAM Festival*, the Institute will create a shifting space that will be activated by interventions and live actions, offering an opportunity to enter the world of Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands.

Please check the website for any event times and for more information

* the IAM Festival takes place in Oxford from 17th – 23rd September. Please check the website for more details:

Gwenyn o Nef, Gwynion ynt at Sandfields Festival of Ideas



Gwenyn o Nef, Gwynion ynt, a phrase taken from the Welsh poet Dafydd ap Gwilym, is a new work by the Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands which responds to the imagined future of the honey bee. As part of the Sandfields Festival of Ideas on Friday 31st August and September 1st & 2nd in Swansea.

When the moon fell out of orbit Closing Event

When the moon fell out of orbit

Mission Gallery, Swansea 3pm-5pm

For the past six weeks the Institute for Imagined Futures & Unknown Lands has been in residence at Mission Gallery. Responding to the lost bell of Mission Gallery and hosting regular events and performances in the space throughout the duration of the exhibition, there will be a final live event on Saturday 14th July from 3 – 5pm where the space created by the Institute will be transformed.

No booking required

Last weekend of the exhibition, closing on Sunday 15th.