15 first-rank re:future Fellows (artists and experts) that will bring their knowledge, research and practice to HOLITOPIA® 2023 will nurture the program with a pioneering mindset and posture. They are leading thinkers and practitioners in their respective fields.
What is ‘post- disciplinary’ and quite unexpected is that most of them will be present for the entire three-day event. This will bring a unique consistency and a certain density of time, creating a symbiotic space, a living organism and a logic thread both structural and molecular between them and with the audience.
List of contributing Fellows in alphabetical order:
is duo Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta (b. 1978, Japan), a transdisciplinary studio investigating the future and human evolution. MoMA New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, V&A Museum London, Royal College of Art London, Kings College London, Central Saint Martins (Associate Lecturers), School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their focus lies on: speculative futures, human life through the prism of its entanglement with intangible biological communities.
(b. 1988, UK) is a visual artist with an interdisciplinary practice anchored in contemporary dance, using her body as her primary medium to inquire into embodiment. She is interested in how the minor gesture can create surreal imagery that burrows into the subconscious. Select international presentations include Watermill Center (US), Golden Thread Gallery (IE), Vernissage Art Safiental Biennale (CH), Spiral (JP), V&A Museum (UK).
(b. 1980, Gießen, Germany) is is an artist and composer who works with sound, performance, ritual, paper, textile, film and installation. Blockhouse Gallery Tokyo, National Gallery Singapore, Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, SFMOMA, Gropius Bau Berlin (The Singing Project, a collective practice and singing sculpture —artist in residence, 2022). Her focus lies on: interdependency of phenomena, listening, nonlinear texture of time, the intersection of sound and perception.
(b. 1972, United States). Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin, The Albertina Vienna, MoMA New York & San Francisco, Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, Centre Pompidou Paris. With a powerful draftsmanship, she covers a broad spectrum of materials and philosophical stance. She investigates: Human existence, the sensory impact of noise and time, war, prison, failure, heroic transformation.
(b. 1990, Leipzig, Germany) is a conceptual designer exploring material cultures to create desirable future scenarios. She received numerous prizes (Green Concept Award, Design Parade Hyères, Icon Design 100 Talents to watch) and her work was shown at V&A Museum London, Museum of the City New York, MAKK Museum Cologne. Studio Formafantasma named her “one of the creative leaders of the future”. Her focus lies on: mundane objects in context, production systems, ecological cycles.
Bios of the Fellow Experts
is founder & CEO of corporate consultancy Themis Foresight. He is driven by the conviction that futures research is key for the strategic direction of Europe’s business and entrepreneurial elite. He is passionnate about analyzing future developments in technology, business and society. His topics span: economic, technological, social, and political drivers of future change, foresight, scenarios, roadmaps, strategic design.
Dr. Jamie BRASSETT
is an independent scholar and consultant of Philosophy, Futures and Creativity. His current projects involve ethics in futures, creativity in anticipation studies and questioning the value of identity in superhero continuity. He was a Reader in philosophy, design and innovation at University of the Arts London, where he still supervises doctoral students, and is a Visiting Professor in design at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Dessau).
Prof. Dr. Joanna BRYSON
is a Professor of Ethics and Technology, and founding member of the Hertie School—Centre for Digital Governance (previously at University of Bath UK, PhD at the MIT Cambridge MA). As an expert in intelligence —both natural and artificial, her topics span: ethics & technology, digital governance, social learning & culture, impacts of diversity on brain structures.
Prof. Pelin CELIK
is a Professor for Industrial Design, and System Design at HTW University of Applied Sciences (Master System Design). Her topics span: system design theory, tools or models such as the haptical recording, human experience design, UX design, Human-Technology interaction.
is a Futurologist and Urbanist. He co-directs the Studio for Immediate Spaces at Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam) with Julian Schubert (Something Fantastic) and teaches at the Institut for Design and Architecture, ETH Zurich. As part of his latest projects, he curated Konstantin Grcic, New Normals at Haus am Waldsee (2022), and will be contributing to the catalog of next solo show at Dittrich & Schlechtriem :re, Marta Dyachenko, on the topic of life cycles of architecture.
is a curator, writer. He is a recognised expert in drawing, whether as a consultant to private collectors or as a visiting professor (Bauhaus University Weimar, University of West England in Bristol, Paris College of Art), and has been involved with museums and institutions in Europe, Great Britain, China and Japan (Berlinische Galerie, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Fondation Guerlain Paris). He currently writes for Monopol magazine.
is a landscape architect (National School of Applied Arts, Paris and National School of Landscape Architecture, Versailles) working on various scales or territory. In her projects plants, soil, water and stones cohabit to enable ecosystems to grow. Considering the specificity of the site as key, she tends to create living spaces for all species. She has worked in Germany, Japan and Switzerland.
Prof. Sigurd LARSEN
is an Architect, founder of an eponymous studio in Berlin, Professor for Interior Architecture & Design (Berlin International University of Applied Sciences) (previously at OMA Rem Koolhaas New York, COBE Copenhagen / Berlin). His topics span: functionality in complex contexts.
Dr. Emanuele QUINZ
is an Art & Design Historian and Senior Lecturer (EnsadLab, Paris). Recently, he did a lecture for the Berlin Science Week 2023 (Tieranatomische Theater, Humboldt University, Berlin) —an exhibition space and stage for experimental forms of presentation, and published a critical edition of Victor Papanek's Designer for the Real World (Presses du Reel, 2021). His topics span: human & artificial cognitions, behaviour, convergence of disciplines in contemporary artistic practices.
"re:future lab, a Berlin version of Black Mountain College. Indeed, contemporary artists have never worked so close on themes that will consistently define the times to come - thus an artistic Institute for Futures is exceedingly topical.
Creating a place where protagonists from art and science meet and debate the question 'How do we want to live?', is the right approach to jointly develop ideas that make our world a little better and our thinking freer. In Berlin, an important step has been taken to turn visions into reality"
Die WELT AM SONNTAG, Gesine Borcherdt
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