Assembly for the Future is a series of participatory gatherings in which the public create new visions for futures that may be realistic, idealistic or utterly fanciful.

If you’re overwhelmed by the present because you feel the future is already here and you can’t imagine what’s next, then we invite you to assemble with us to collectively imagine better worlds. Working within an assembly of thinkers, artists and provocateurs, you are invited to become protagonists, to put your imagination at the service of creating other, better, futures.

Our most recent Assembly for the Future was commissioned by Uncharted Territory, Canberra’s new arts and innovation festival celebrating creativity, experimentation and ground-breaking ideas.

Below you will also find broadcasts from our previous Assemblies, at ANAT Spectra 2022: Multiplicity and BLEED 2020.

Uncharted Territory


The world is changing at an accelerating rate; in some fields, change is exponential. We face multiple existential threats, of which climate change and AI currently demand our everyday attention. Transporting us to 2029 is First Speaker Bhiamie Williamson, a Euahlayi man from north-west New South Wales with family ties to north-west Queensland. He maps how we have faced the threats of climate change through Indigenous land justice and embedding caring-for-country within the national psyche while drawing from Indigenous masculinities to reshape social attitudes more broadly.

11 Jul 2023

Past Events



How might diverse societies accommodate ten billion humans in one city so that Earth might begin to heal? How would we behave as a collective in a single hyper-dense city? Australian-born / Los Angeles-based speculative architect and filmmaker Liam Young explores these question with eminent respondents, Nyikina Warrwa Custodian, AP1957 (Professor Anne Poelina) a Guardian of Martuwarra, and Nobel Prize Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty.


21 Apr 2022


Professor Zena Cumpston delivers The 2029 Moreton-Robinson annual address, celebrating the first five years of the BLAKFULLAS University and reflecting on the past decade and the incredible transformations taking place as First Nations leadership and Country are given overdue authority and resources.


21 Apr 2022

BLEED festival


Welcome to Assembly for the Future, with our host Alex K and First Speaker Claire G Coleman. After rapid demographic shifts worldwide and the global uprisings in the early 2020s, the world began to spin on a different axis. Claire G Coleman’s address from 2029, shows us the power of revealing the truth and remembers how we won the battles against colonial injustice and white supremacy in the 2020s.


9 Jul 2020

BLEED festival


Welcome to Assembly for the Future, with our host Alex K and First Speaker Scott Ludlam. Scott Ludlam traverses the processes that transformed the previous decade. When the old world began to splinter and smash in 2020, what grew in the open ground was genuinely new: with boldness and care, insight and compassion, we found a way home by 2029.


23 Jul 2020

BLEED festival


Welcome to Assembly for the Future, with our host Alex K and First Speaker Alice Wong. Disabled oracles have existed throughout time. What will they say in 2029, when some disabilities have disappeared due to technology and cures? Listen to the tale from Alice Wong, the Last Disabled Oracle, and the wisdom she shares from her ancestors.


6 Aug 2020


Assembly for the Future had its World Premiere at BLEED Festival 2020, involving over 250 future-building participants, and 40 artists, thinkers, provocateurs and cultural operators who generated a body of work from 2029 as Dispatches from the Future, Future Archive, and First Speaker’s provocations here above.

Assembly for the Future was developed in response to the material conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, and draws upon a presentation mode and sensibility embedded in 2970° Practising Democracy, the signature event dramaturgy developed by not yet it’s difficult.

The first edition of Assembly for the Future was commissioned, developed and supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House as part of BLEED 2020.

The second edition was supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), as part of ANAT SPECTRA 2022 : Multiplicity, an artistic and discursive platform inspired by the intersection of art, science and technology, presented in partnership with the Science Gallery Melbourne, University of Melbourne.

Wukan dhelkek Dja Dja Wurrung djayi ba marti guli ba duroyi.
I give my respect to Dja Dja Wurrung Country and their Ancestors.
– Alex K, Keeper of Time