Strategist, Founder of Themis Forsight
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.
Art critic, editor, educator, moderator
Kimberly Bradley is a Berlin-based, US-born art critic, editor, educator, and moderator. Journalistic, essayistic, critical, and sometimes commercial, her writing focuses on the art, artists, and curators grappling with issues like extinction, migration, labor, and gender. She has written for a long list of publications including ArtReview, Frieze, Monocle, and The New York Times. Bradley edits and writes for artist monographs and has produced documentaries and podcasts. She has taught art theory at NYU Berlin and art writing at the Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Arts, and she often moderates panel discussions at art fairs and other cultural events. kimberly-bradley.com
Prof. Dr. Joanna Bryson
Professor for Ethics and Technology
She is 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. She is an internationally influential voice on digital ethics issues. Bryson was a member of Google’s Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) and has worked on AI policy with the OECD, the UN and the Red Cross.
Prof. Pelin Celik
Professor for Industrial design and System design
She 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.
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 (Chair: Prof. Arno Brandlhuber). As part of his latest projects, he curated Konstantin Grcic, New Normals at Haus am Waldsee (2022).
curator, editor, researcher, educator
Lukas Feireiss works as a curator, editor, researcher and educator beyond disciplinary boundaries in the field of art, science and contemporary cultural reflexivity. He studied Comparative Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethnology in Berlin and Rome. He’s curator and author of numerous exhibitions and publications and has been teaching at various universities worldwide. Since 2021 he’s visiting-professor for transdisciplinary artistic education at Berlin University of the Arts.
Prof. Sigurd LARSEN
The Architect is 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.
She 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.
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. Galerie Barbara Thumm Berlin, The Albertina Vienna, MoMA New York & San Francisco, Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, Centre Pompidou Paris.
She 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.
Ian Eric STEWART
He is a driven Neuroscience Researcher and passionate Science Communicator (Max Delbrück Center for Molekularbiologie, Berlin). His research experience includes techniques of in-vitro, in-vivo, and human Neuroscience, culminating in an interdisciplinary understanding of the brain. He intends to pursue postdoctoral research in systems neuroscience and neuroethology of exotic model organisms as potential inspirations for AI and cognitive architectures. He is a passionate communicator of science, and have driven entrepreneurial projects, mostly as co-founder and treasurer of EDGE Neuroscience-Art e.V., an art-neuroscience project based in Berlin.
WELT AM SONNTAG (by Gesine Borcherdt)
"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"
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