Studio CNS / Counter Narrative Society

PHLA: Mobile Futures Institute (MFI)

Started May 1, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA
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Since October 2015, CNS has been part of the collaborative city-wide project Philadelphia Assembled where we have been the artistic editor of the Futures Atmosphere working group. In October, 2016 our group conceived the idea of the Mobile Futures Institute (MFI) and by May 1st of 2017, the MFI has been up and running. Currently, we are in the middle of prototyping events and workshops in the city.


The Mobile Futures Institute (MFI) is a retrofitted shuttle bus that will serve as a meeting place, classroom, workshop, library and mobile installation that will move along designated routes across the city. The routes explore varying notions of the city’s futures, ranging from the decolonization of Turtle Island to environmental racism and economic justice. As the bus makes predetermined “stops” along this programmed network, it establishes deeper connections with organizations and communities already involved in Philadelphia Assembled, as well as new relationships beyond the scope of the project network. In the process, the Mobile Futures Institute becomes a recording and collecting device for the city’s alternative futures.

This mobile site takes place on the ancestral and stolen territories of the Lenape peoples.