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

← Schemas of Uncertainty
Spatial and Statistical Science Fictions
14 Jan
— 29 Jan 2020

Strand 1: Spatial and Statistical Science Fictions
On modelling complexity, rendering objects and representation.

Schemas of Uncertainty is organised and facilitated by Danae Io and Callum Copley and has previously taken the form of a research group at the Sandberg Instituut in 2017, a series of workshops at Het Nieuw Instituut, a symposium and a publication under the same name.

The research of this year’s edition has greatly been informed by the previous participants: Gamze Baray, Holly Childs, Marijn Dagenaar, Eurico Sa Fernandes, Levi van Gelder, Tom Kemp, Kyu Lim Kim, Bin Koh, Sascha Krischock, Juliette Lizotte, Alice Dos Reis, Charlotte Rohde, Ben Tupper, Alex Walker and Karina Zavidova. We would also like to thank Flavia Dzodan, Ramon Amaro, Emily Rosamond, Rolando Vazquez, Valentina Desideri, Stefano Harney and Ioanna Gerakidi for contributing to the research by sharing their work.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/wXnxcuRYTwEvjkoN7

Sign up or find more info at danae@mailbox.org or callum.copley@gmail.com. All are welcome.

Date: Tuesdays 14, 21 and 29 January
Time: 17:00-20:00
Location: Sandberg Auditorium

Illustration by Lucie de Brechard

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