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About us

re:future lab is a mission driven institute for art and future design and a platform for change. We research, enact and facilitate alternative futures through artistic and systemic intervention.

 

 

Our vision—We believe in hope. We envision new futures. Change is a process of incubation and catalysis. 

 

In the light of the upheavals of the pivotal epoch we live in, there is an urgency for radical change. Change is not only the ownership of artists, experts, futurologists, politicians, it is within the reach of individuals, institutions, and corporates —and the civil society at large—.

We may have great dreams, but we are pragmatical dreamers. As a counter-model to modern heroic myths, we open the frame for tangible fictions of co-existence:

 

This is a space we call HOLITOPIA®.

 

 

Our mission—We operate through a heuristic practice-base research to equip change agents with future ideas, knowledge and skills.

 

Context art and design are parallel vehicles for cultural practice, political action and research.

Out of an urge to reconcile affective perception and logic, our activities are dialogical, critical and exploratory. They strive for creative empowerment and articulate around a triple stream:

  • RESEARCH. We detect the mutational factors, phenomena, signals, trends and assumptions wherever they happen. 

  • ENACT. We stage exhibitions and real labs infused with new narratives and immersive, affective, emotionalised and participatory formats.

  • EDUCATION. We equip individuals (citizens), institutions and corporates with a set of versatile tokens for fresh thinking and practices. 

 

The Future needs to be something else.

 

This is a blueprint to viable futures.

 

 

Our method—We infuse and deliver all our programs with EMBARKING FUTURE®

The EMBARKING FUTURE® meta-method combines two pillars: Context Art & Future Design.

Context Art is a new form of artistic practice that brings together art and non-art contexts to engage with the social construction of reality. By using methods of contextualisation, Context Artists become agents of social processes, partisans of the real. Research-based, provocative, purposive, experimental and participatory, Context Art transcends specific media to reveal alternative narratives. 

Future Design is a way of thinking and designing the future of social networks, artefacts, spaces and ecologies. Taking into account all aspects of a system, it intertwines aesthetical practice (design/architecture) and prospective reasoning (future foresight). We expand the field of this young discipline with systemic counseling.

EMBARKING FUTURE® is notably infused with systems thinking, curation practice, art theory, fiction theory, dramaturgy, semiotics, hermeneutic phenomenology, Gaia hypothesis, chaos theory, game theory.

Our education programs are delivered by the re:future lab team, along with a selection of distinguished fellow artists and experts from a crossover of practices.

While exploring, practicing, and learning on eye-level with artists and experts— the audiences gain strategic and operational agility. They acquire the competence to:

  • EXPAND horizons and FREE imagination

  • FIND new sense and vision 

  • RUPTURE verticals and ADVENTURE beyond convictions 

  • ENDURE sudden changes in trajectory 

  • ANTICIPATE alternative arenas.

 

Be part of a generation of pioneers.

 

Position yourself in the most forefront discourse.

"Art has a fundamental role, as a space for experimentation of the social"

 

Prof. Dr. Emanuele Quinz, (Art & Design Historian and Art Curator, University Paris 8)

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