World Factory (2021)

World Building Workshop
Blend and Bleed Symposium, Luca School of Arts,
hosted by Carina Erdmann
on Art and Education

The r/evolution is lost, or never got underway. She was co-opted anyway.
She liberated the occupied countries that we called home, and brought us anything but liberty.
We are in any case born after her. And for all we know, she might never have happened.
Capitalism is and will always be, always was,
even though somebody told me we were once on a road to getting rid of it.

The r/evolution has become a part of our alienation machine.
She feeds us with a world that we don't want to imagine but cannot forget.
A world is like a deity. Its worship is the r/evolution.
Were we able to imagine new worlds, new r/evolutions would emerge,
and this, precisely, is the task of the world factory.

Worldbuilding, as we know it, takes a universalizing and objectivist approach to constructing fictional planets and universes. I look at worldbuilding as a literary practice in the tradition of utopic writing, which today is employed for all kinds of media depicting science-fiction universes. The average worldbuilding guide zooms in from the planetary level to the subjectivities that experience the world, by way of the lenses of empiric sciences: from geology to ecology, biology to physics, political science to anthropology. My approach to worldbuilding is one from the inside out. Instead of the macro perspective, I start with the image of a subject, and more so with its affects of alienation that seperate it from its ontological home world. The split demarcates a place of radical alterity to the world, from which we may consturct alternative worlds. Magical Materialism: World Factory is an online collective world-building writing workshop, that takes its cues from psychoanalys and a post-socialist perspective of Andrey Platonovs concept of the „literature factory“