The Coalition of Inquiry into the State of the Future was a Public Hearing held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia as part of the "Locally Localized Gravity" exhibition in March 2007. The dialogue was an investigation of the language used to describe the state of Philadelphia and its future, as put forward by the ICA and other journalistic and cultural institutions. The project was conceived of by Meredith Warner and Lena Helen together with Rozalinda Borcilla, Sarah Lewison and Julie Wyman (as Be Like Water).
On Saturday, March 10, 2007, the Coalition of Inquiry into the State of the Future held a Public Hearing to gather facts, information and testimony as part of an investigation into the propagation and circulation of the allegedly misrepresentative language that has appeared in the public and journalistic record. The audience was invited to be investigators, offer evidence, and act as a witnesses throughout the proceedings.
The subject of the hearing included, but was not restricted to, the following:
- The nature and demographics of the city of Philadelphia.
- The transparent and participatory nature of certain institutions and current and future initiatives associated with the city of Philadelphia.
- The condition for artists and cultural workers in the city of Philadelphia.
- The condition and status of working people and/or residents of the city of Philadelphia.
- The nature of democracy and democratic process.
The following witnesses provided testimony: Carolyn Thomas, Philadelphia resident, featured in documentary “All for the Taking”, Nijmie Dzurenko of the Media Mobilizing Project, Mark Warshaw an Organizer for the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, and Rozalinda Borcila, artist and participant in Locally Localized Gravity exhibition at ICA Philadelphia, co-author of “Past Futures”.
The Coalition of Inquiry into the State of the Future is an effort established by Invested Artists, Activists and Social Thinkers. Lena Helen and Meredith Warner acted to represent the Think Tank that is yet to be named, with the support, testimony, and submitted evidence of Jeremy Beaudry and Jethro Heiko. They acted together with BLW (artists Rozalinda Borcila, Sarah Lewison and Julie Wyman).
- Read the Invitation to the Public Hearing
- Read the Testimony of DIUM: Generosity and the Gift: a Social Contract worthy of investigation
- Read the Testimony of DIM: Next Great City: the Manufacturing of Inferiority and the Myth of Progress
- Browse Merdith Warner’s Investigation