“Our narrative is modernity, and our dystopias are the super-planned, re-planned and unplanned environments of the modern world. The aberrations and abandoned spaces of our modern environments, the margins that are squeezed by the excesses of development, the new natures that are produced in lieu of what was natural, the waste that is left behind after the flight of capital— these are the instable interstices of modern life. They are latent territories that are both the unforeseen consequences of our modern impulse, as well as the raw material for a renewed project on the city.”
Excerpts from the Productive Dystopia essay in Utopia Forever
Take a few steps forward, turn around and walk back. No problem. Now let a few seconds pass, then turn around and head back a few seconds in time. No luck? Of course not. As we know only too well, time, unlike space, has only one direction - it flows from past to future, and never the other way round. That all sounds like the natural order of things, but if you look closely enough at nature, you will find that it isn’t. A thorough search of the laws of physics turns up no such arrow of time. For example, you can use Newton’s laws of motion to work out where a ball was thrown from in the past just as well as where it will land in the future.