Future Archive is an archive of auditory explorations of futures to come in the era of climates changed, featuring speculative news reports, vox pops and reportage that will transport listeners to 2029.

Future Archive artifacts have been created as stand-alone sound events and embedded in the Assembly for The Future series, the TV, Live and Pod projects.

The Future Archive has initially been developed with RMIT University’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, with Sophie Gleeson, Lisa Rae Bartolomei and Gillian Lever.

 

Future Archive Edition #1 2020

By Gillian Lever, Sophie Gleeson and Lisa Rae Bartolomei

ABC News Victoria report covering a visit to the Centre during the 2026 bushfires in Christmas Hills.

By Lisa Rae Bartolomei

An archival recording of Nurses Union Member Jennifer Chase at a protest against worsening workplace conditions, leading to the 2025 Care Strike. It is part of archival web resource The Care Revolution.

By Gillian Lever

Created during the 2025 Care Strike with the Emergency Essential Clinical Services (EECS) Team at the Austin Hospital, this recording is part of archival web resource The Care Revolution.

By Sophie Gleeson

A 2028 Podcast that explores the challenges and fundamental changes faced by Australian environments under global heating. This episode focuses on changes to Victorian birdlife over the past decade.

By Gillian Lever

Recorded in 2027, this Subterrarium episode documents the EcoCave project – establishing underground neo-habitats for critically endangered species with publicly available live audio and VR feeds.

By Sophie Gleeson

An introductory training module for new Community Care Supporters employed by the Australian Government, as part of the “Change For All” initiative in 2028.


By Lisa Rae Bartolomei

A newscast exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic 10 years on through one on one interviews with survivors.

By Lisa Rae Bartolomei

Found archival material of four soundscape recordings: 1/ URBAN POLLINATION DRONE SOUNDSCAPE, developed at the BLAKFULLAS Robotics Lab; 2/ THE ROBOT SEIGE OF KALKALLO in Naarm (Melbourne); 3/ NADJA MAKES A MIXTAPE OUT OF HER HOME CARE ASSISTANT, a house assistant AI with its patient; 4/ NAARM AI SUPPORT & PROTECTION ASSISTANT (NAISPA), an alternative to traditional policing in the Socialist Republic of The Kulin and Allied Nations.


By Gillian Lever

A 2029 recording from the Node 47 Education Centre in response to the positive journalism movement initiated globally by News Unlimited.


By Gillian Lever

The origin of this late 2020s soundscape is unknown – found in an online archive of various soundscape-related audio files, labeled ‘Wet Season Home Relax Soundscape_CreativeCitzCollab538’, it is assumed to have had a variety of community contributors.

by Sophie Gleeson

Produced in 2025 by an anonymous Rebel Alliance artist, this incomplete sound file was recovered in 2028, and shares learnings on how to resist the institutional powers that are seeking to eliminate dis-perfect people in the community.