Starting this Wednesday, December 7th at 8PM, the Stedelijk Museum, University of Amsterdam, de Appel arts center, W 139, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and Metropolis M will open Facing Forward, a series of seven future-focused lectures (paired with workshops), spanning through May 2012.
Standing in the dystopia of the present, with our century approaching adolescence, it feels urgently necessary to reflect upon how exactly we ought to face our futures. Facing Forward presents a conglomeration of international heavyweights in the fields of philosophy, art history, urban design, new-media and tech studies concerned with seven different angles of what our individual and collective futures might look like, utilizing art and theory as points of departure.
"The future mainly appears to lie in the blurring between the artificial and the real; from genetics to augmented reality, the ‘natural’ world is combined with a created world. How will the continued interrelationship of these combined realities influence our collective condition? And what role will they play in the development of art?"
The first of the events, entitled Future Tech, features Deleuzian philosopher Manuel DeLanda and cyborg anthropologist Amber Case – addressing how the permeation of technology throughout human infrastructure shapes our physical and social reality, manipulating our collective progress.
Tickets can be bought in advance, or at the door (for an increased rate) and reservations are required for participation in the free workshops (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FUTURE TECH - December 7th 2011, 8 pm
Speakers: Manuel DeLanda & Amber Case
FUTURE IMAGE - December 14, 2011, 8 pm
Speakers: James Elkins & Jalal Toufic
FUTURE HISTORY - January 13, 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: Amelia Jones & David Summers
FUTURE FREEDOM – February 9, 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: Paul Chan & Hito Steyerl
FUTURE MUSEUM - March 8, 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: Hans Belting & Iwona Blazwick
FUTURE CITY - March 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: Rem Koolhaas (among others)
FUTURE’S FUTURE - April 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: To be announced
Language: All lecture evenings will be held in English.
Location: Oude Lutherse Kerk, Spui 411 (corner Spui), Amsterdam
Vrienden van het Stedelijk €7,50
For further information regarding participants, subjects, tickets and workshops, see www.facingforward.nl.
~Georgia Phillips Amos
(All images courtesy Facing Forward)