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Future Perfect: New Byelaws for Civic Spaces is dada-meets-municipal governance project that recycles the dry and officious language of civic bureaucracy to re-construct, re-engineer and rehearse possible futures.

Real city byelaws documents that govern behaviour in public spaces are cut up word-by-word and re-arranged to create a new set of rules for a new world. Pasted up on billboards around the city, these new “Future Perfect” rules imagine new ways to move through civic space.

Want to help us re-write a set of city byelaws? Right now, we’re re-writing the Parks byelaws from Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland. See what kind of future rules you can create, using the original words from Paisley’s byelaws


This project is a new collaborative project by artist duos Mia + Eric (CA) and Action Hero (UK). In a hopeful, positive act of re-configuration, byelaws that regulate behaviours in civic space are cut up word-by-word and meticulously rearranged into a new set of rules for a transitioning world.

From this new poetic script, selected phrases are enlarged and re-inserted back into the architecture of the cityscape on hoardings and giant billboards, acting as playful instructions, permissions or manifestos; a collection of imagined alternative behaviours unfolding throughout the city.

Developed with support from British Council, Farnham Maltings and High Commission of Canada in the UK via the New Conversations Fund, Springboard Dance and Arts Council England.


The collaboration between Action Hero and Mia + Eric was formed after the duos were introduced during an artist double-date in Calgary, and each realised they’d met their artist doppelgangers. They decided to work together as an artistic supergroup & create a project for public space. For more about the artists, see their website’s below.