我们并不要求与会者对当代关于中华未来主义的辩论和预测有深入了解（我们将简要介绍相关的文本），所提供的阅读材料应被视为助益你思考自己在五道口的生活、工作和学习的一般领域，以及你个人对该地区城市和社会技术历史的具身性知识。我们希望你带上记录设备（不管是纸笔、笔记本电脑还是智能手机），分享你的理念（以任何可以复制的形式）。在为期三天的研讨会结束时，我们将集体计划对我们讨论中提到的各个地点进行一次心理地理学之旅，并组织一个在线圆桌论坛, 确认的嘉宾有Gabriele de Seta和Amy Ireland。
WuDaoKou Futurists is an ephemeral collective. Its aim is to decentre sinofuturism from its anglo imaginations and rebuild its roots here in the specific urban history of WuDaoKou (the so-called "centre of the universe"). It seeks to go beyond the monopoly of platform capitalism and politico-aesthetics of technocracy.The English term "sinofuturism" was originally coined by Steve Goodman in 1998, maintained by various proponents of accelerationists in the 2000s, re-introduced via Lawrence Lek's video essay under the same name in 2016, now gradually surfacing to the mainstream as we approach the second decade of this century. Through three workshops on this weekend culminating a psychogeographical tour of WuDaoKou on New Year's Eve and a public dialogue on 3 Jan, we would like to invite you to amass a collage of imageries (photos, drawings, or whatever abstractions you prefer), intimate tales (screenshots or/and your own experiences/memories), videos (your own or downloaded or extracted from your personal collections), texts (quotes from books and articles, non-fiction or fiction, especially sci-fi), and your own reflections and commentaries on sinofuturism(s).This collective iteration is bound to be plural as we assert futurisms (as well as critiques of ethnofuturisms and techno-nationalism) as a local manifestation or perhaps infestation of ideas and practices. We encourage you to think futurism through an asymmetrical variety of lens: rentier capitalism, money laundering, decadent urbanism, technologies, practices, (trans)gender, electronic music, digital poetry, marginal philosophies, accelerationism, Chinese cinema, Taobao fashion, ecological crisis, shanzhai, the declining and evolving manufacturing industry, city rivalries, provincialism, baizuo/"Cathedral", nihilism, modernism, logistic wars (waimai), platform economy, cosmetic surgeries, algorithms, QR codes, entrepreneur incubators/accelerators, surveillance cameras, and so forth. We wholeheartedly welcome fragmentary input, preliminary thoughts, unfinished designs, incomplete codes, and impromptu performances.We do not expect the participants to be familiar with the contemporary debates and speculative fiction on sinofuturism (as we will introduce the relevant texts briefly) and the provided readings should be considered as prompts for you think about your own life experiences living, working, and studying the general area of WuDaoKou and your individual specific knowledge about the area's urban and socio-technological history. Coming to the workshops, participants are expected to bring your input devices (whether they are pen and paper, a laptop, or a smartphone) and share your data (in whatever form salvageable). At the end of a three-day workshop, we will collectively plan a psychogeographical tour of the various locations mentioned in our discussions, and host an open event with a panel of remote participants including Gabriele de Seta, Amy Ireland, and others (unconfirmed).
Module 1, Friday 27 December 7-10pm
Spatio-Temporality of Accelerationism: Production of Space in WuDaoKou
Module 2, Saturday 28 December 2pm-6pm
Capitalism and Technology: Sociotechnics of WuDaoKou
Screening: Sinofuturism (1839 - 2046 AD), Lawrence Lek. 2pm-3pm
Module 3, Sunday 29 December 3pm-6pm
Xenoanthropologies: Alternatives of WuDaokou
Module 4，31 December
Psychogeographical Tour of WuDaoKou
Module 5，3 January 7pm-10pm
Open Event: Alternative Sinofuturisms
Each of the three workshops will have its own themes with corresponding texts and reading materials (mostly in English with some Chinese translations).