podcast

The Pythian School of Futures
Denis Maksimov | Avenir Institute

22.11.2020 — 02.07.2021

Pythi­an School of Futures is a pod­cast series by Avenir Insti­tute that crit­i­cal­ly exam­ines out­dat­ed con­cep­tions of the future to pro­duce plur­al, inclu­sive and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry under­stand­ings of it. The title refers to the high priest­ess of the Tem­ple of Apol­lo at Del­phi that served as its ora­cle. Denis Mak­si­mov pos­es ques­tions on ambiva­lent fac­tors with defin­i­tive impacts on our col­lec­tive future such as nor­mal­i­ty, state pol­i­tics, futur­ol­o­gy, his­to­ri­og­ra­phy, and language.

Pythi­an School of Futures is an exhi­bi­tion, learn­ing pro­gram and pod­cast series pro­duced by Avenir Insti­tute. This body of work sets out to crit­i­cal­ly exam­ine out­dat­ed con­cep­tions of the future to pro­pose plur­al, inclu­sive and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry under­stand­ings of it. Its title refers to the high priest­ess of the Tem­ple of Apol­lo at Del­phi who also served as its ora­cle. Also known as the Ora­cle of Del­phi, Pythia was among the most pow­er­ful fig­ures in ancient Greece who engi­neered the future for its time through deliv­er­ing prophecies.

Seek­ing to elab­o­rate a sub­jec­tive take on the future con­cep­tu­al­ized idio­syn­crat­i­cal­ly as avenirol­o­gy, the first chap­ter of the Pythi­an School of Futures is the pod­cast series. Con­sist­ing of sev­en episodes, it will unfold by unpack­ing past and new works of Avenir Insti­tute. Co-founder of the insti­tute, Denis Mak­si­mov will pose ques­tions regard­ing var­i­ous sub­jects that have a defin­i­tive impact on our col­lec­tive future such as nor­mal­i­ty, state pol­i­tics, futur­ol­o­gy, his­to­ri­og­ra­phy, and language.

Pythi­an School of Futures is avail­able at Spo­ti­fy, Apple and Google Podcasts.