Ruth Beale will activate a space of encounter by transforming ﬁg-2 into a temporary library composed of books borrowed from various London public libraries. In the week following the UK general election, her makeshift collection will concentrate on utopian and distopian novels that attempt to predict the future of societies based on anxieties about the recent past and present. By bringing the books together with her new sculptures and prints, Beale urges us to explore modalities of democracy, education and civil society, as well as positions of knowledge, particularly that of the ‘common’. Notions of participation and interaction are highlighted through a series of events scheduled in the week. Thursday evening will host Beale’s performative lecture (book here), while the Sundayevent (book here) will be of a speculative nature, using three different positions to address how we transform the real.