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The Future Fabulators (FFab) project aims to imagine, research, and prototype a range of possible futures, designed as artistic investigations and narrative artefacts to be experienced in the present. FFab uses techniques from physical narration,  context-aware narrative, and future pre-enactment to translate future scenarios into storyworlds, which are built as immersive situations in public and private spaces and designed to be playfully explored and enacted by a broad population.

FFab research at M-ITI is focused particularly on developing context-aware, multimedia, and transmedia stories. We investigate the contemporary panorama of creative media and translate stories of the future into artifacts of the present. Our goal, in close synergy with our FF partners, is to unfold the potential of technology and storytelling, blending tangible narrative, interactive technologies, and future forecasting.

Future Fabulators is an EU-funded project led by Time’s Up, in collaboration with FoAM, M-ITI and AltArt, with the support of the Culture 2007-2013 Framework of the European Union and the Madeira Regional Government.


Founded in 1996, Time's Up has its principal locus in the Linz harbour of Austria. Its mission is to investigate the ways in which people interact with and explore their physical surroundings as a complete context, discovering, learning and communicating as they do.

Time's Up Website about Future Fabulators
FoAM is a network of transdisciplinary labs for speculative culture. It is inhabited by people with diverse skills and interests – from arts, science, technology, entrepreneurship, cooking, design and gardening. It is a generalists’ community of practice working at the interstices of contrasting disciplines and worldviews.

FoAM Website About Future Fabulators

AltArt is an NGO that promotes digital culture and aims to strengthen the Romanian cultural sector. AltArt contributes to promoting the impact of culture on societal development through research, debates, networking and policy work.

AltArt Website about Future Fabulators
The Madeira-ITI operates in the interdisciplinary domain of human-computer interaction encapsulating contributions from computer science, psychology and design in order to address/engage in important scientific and technological challenges that are both relevant to society and have significant economic impact.
Culture Programme (2007-2013) in co-operation with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency finances hundreds of projects promoting the transnational mobility of cultural actors, encouraging the transnational flow of art works and of cultural and artistic products, as well as encouraging intercultural dialogue.
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