Schemas of Uncertainty

Schemas of Uncertainty is a research project on the relation between prediction and prescription within current socio-political structures. The project examines the risks and possibilities emerging technologies pose to the imagination of other possible futures or realities. From divination to machine learning, the project looks at the potentials and problematics that exist at the limits of knowability. It considers uncertainty as a generative condition upon which other forms of sociability can be imagined.

Initially starting as a cross-departmental research group at the Sandberg Instituut in 2018, the project has taken multiple formats including a publication, a symposium and various workshop series. Schemas of Uncertainty is initiated by Callum Copley and Danae Io and has involved a number of contributors without which it could not exist.

Contributors: Gamze Baray, Leith Benkhedda, Morgane Billuart, Holly Childs, Marijn Degenaar, Johan Delétang, Eurico Sa Fernandes, Levi van Gelder, Tomasz Skibicki, Simo Tse, Miha Turšič, Tom Kemp, Kyulim Kim, Adriana Knouf, Bin Koh, Sascha Krischock, Mariana Lanari, Juliette Lizotte, Célia Nabonne, Špela Petrič, Alice Dos Reis, Charlotte Dorothea Rohde, Nienke Scholts, Ben Tupper, Maria van der Togt, Jeanne Vrastor, Alex Walker and Karina Zavidova.

Founder (person or department)

Callum Copley
Danae Io


Crossdepartemental research group


Sandberg Instituut

Founding year


Further information

Research, prediction, possible futures, technology, artificial intelligence, techno-capitalist present

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