re:future Lab is an art space for ultra-contemporary art and future design. An experimental multi-disciplinary practice ground with the mission to engage in critical debates, widen perspectives and catalyze socio-ecological transformation.
It was founded in 2020 by German artist, curator and facilitator Madeleine Schwinge. It is based in Berlin, with satellites abroad.
Activities take the form of art exhibitions, performances, talks, lectures, panels, conferences, research programs, art editions, publications, further experimental workshops, masterclasses for life design and an future design incubator program for utmost knowledge transfer and creative empowerment.
re:future Lab, Berlin
We engage into the current debates in ecology, culture, economy, science and society.
We infuse new perspectives, imagination and ideas.
We facilitate new thinking, new attitudes and how to forge new ground.
We catalyze socio-ecological transformation.
"Imagine, we could be the ones to change it all"
There can be no doubt we live in times of epochal shifts, at the transition to a post-industrial digital society, and at the dawn of the Anthropocene. We are witnessing trumendous political, economic and social crises. Complete rethinking and the design of new pathways at all levels are now essential. This requires a fundamental change of perspective, new guidance and forging new tools.
What will be the future for Humankind, Non-human, Earth, and ourselves? How do we prepare for the troubled times ahead? And how do we find new ideas and solutions for the challenges that we face socially and personally? In the re:future Lab we believe, that art can provide a valuable contribution to the necessary transformations.
The curatorial approach aims to expand understanding about world phenomena and critical turning points, and to grasp the complexity of the world through the lens of art from different angles. The approach particularly embraces mediation and experimental participation.
Under the thematic framework of "EMBARKING FUTURE", the curatorial approach is determined by the question of how the New enters the world. The artists and future protagonists presented in the re:future Lab share a certain affinity in focusing on the crucial questions of our time. The artists are in dialogue with future pioneers from other disciplines such as biology, neuroscience, design and architecture, technology, anthropology and philosophy. Each of them is capable of challenging our habitual ways of thinking, drawing our attention to critical future issues and expanding our imagination.
Future design method
Fundamental here is the concept of art as social practice, experimentation, fiction and a collaborative approach.
Based on her expense expertise in education and transformation research, Madeleine Schwinge created a transfer-method that is based on the core thesis that more than ever we need artistic thinking and attitude in all disciplines. To name a few: Curiosity, risk-taking, sensitive perception, associative skills, resilience, self-efficacy, and the ability to cooperate.
The method combines artistic and scientific research techniques systemical tools, curatorial practices, concepts of futurology and speculative design - and refers to concepts in philosophy, anthropology, sociology, politics, neurobiology, nature science, technology, architecture and system design.
This facilitation program range from one-to-one mentoring sessions, experimental workshops, masterclasses for life design to a one year modular incubator program to set up a project by using speculation and benefit from various future determining expertises.
Practice based research
As no model can accurately predict the future, re:future Lab dares to focus on speculative scenarios that, without denying problems of today, attempt to build sustainable and balanced futures.
This practice is structured in a twofold process: first to identify future determining fields of mutation and second to detect influential protagonists within these fields.
The first stage is about investigating the fields where transformation is already taking place, whether in change of moral and ethics, shift in perception and logic, obsolete normatives, social ecology, habitats and biotops, migration and diversification, technology, scientific theory and practice, interrelations and our way to life, work and communicate.
The second step is to detect the pioneering protagonists, who have the unique assets to reshape the future, particularly the willingness to take risks, the ability to associate, to decode and to transpose, resilience, self-efficacy and the faculty to cooperate.
EMBARK! is an interview project, giving voice to cutting-edge artists and pioneering future protagonists, all dealing with crucial topics of our time.
The common parenthesis is a questionnaire with five identical questions on the impact of art, transdisciplinary, new narratives, hope and personal creative rituals.
The featured profiles may inspire, nourish hopes, strengthen faith, and encourage one's own pathways to a better Tomorrows.
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