Post Social Media Club invites young European creatives for a programme to investigate and speculate on alternative futures. More process than result-oriented, the programme offers artists and designers an interdisciplinary journey into understanding the mark that social media has left on the world and to imagine the post-social media landscape.

Now, more than ever, in the face of unprecedented environmental, political and societal challenges it is critical to explore alternative futures and scenarios. Speculative design is one way of doing this, by hypothesising about plausible (as opposed to probable) future scenarios. This creates a space for debate and discussion on the kind of future people want and do not want, and acts as a tool to better understand the present.

This project invites 25 European creatives of mixed disciplines from Sweden, Greece, Serbia, France and Turkey to participate in a series of expert-led design masterclasses, engage in a weeklong production-based artist residency and finally host five simultaneous exhibitions across Europe showcasing alternative futures. The project is led by STPLN (Sweden) partnered with four creative hubs Volumes (FR), Nova Iskra (SR), ATÖLYE (TR) and bios (GR).

What do selected participants get
-Access to The Vortex, a four-part expert-led virtual masterclass series on the topics of Speculative Design, Design Thinking and the Future of Community Online
-Travel, accomodation and meals to/from The Lab in Malmö, Sweden
-Material and equipment during The Lab in Malmö, Sweden
-Participation in The Showcase, a final group exhibition that will be held in five cities accross Europe

The program is divided into three phases:

The Vortex (Spring 2021):

Online / May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19

A series of 4 online masterclasses arranged for the creatives to participate in. These expert-led masterclasses will provide the prerequisite knowledge in the field of speculative design, design thinking and prototyping for the next phases of the programme.

The Lab (Summer 2021):

Malmö, Sweden / May, 2022

A weeklong artist-residency will bring together all the creatives at STPLN in Malmö, Sweden. During this week, they will be invited for a production-based residency to create interdisciplinary works. The focus on this week will be on experimenting with new techniques, collaborating between mediums, and working on bringing ideas to life through a design-thinking methodology.

The Showcase (Fall 2021):

Athens, Belgrade, Istanbul, Malmö, Paris / June 17, 2022
An exhibition-styled event happening at 5 locations across Europe simultaneously. The results produced during The Lab and documentation from the project will be showcased at the locations of the partner organisations. Showcases will be connected and curated together and live streamed to appear as one united event.


Bianca Hermansen

Signal Arkitekter

The Vortex 001
May 29, 2021
#co-creation #designthinking #architecture #urbanplanning


The Vortex 002
June 5, 2021 #speculativedesign #humantechnologyrelations

Charles Broskoski

The Vortex 003
June 12, 2021
#onlineartspaces #onlinecollaboration


The Vortex 004
June 19, 2021 #futureofonlinecommunity #findingconnection