Design, art, style, culture, food and brilliant stupidity.
Contemporary art today is mainly about yesterday. Archiving, nostalgia, commemoration, memory, re-enactment, reconstruction, and documentation are popular themes and methods in the art world. Artists, curators, and theoreticians adopt a retrospective view in which they set out like archeologists to excavate and expose things from the past. Theoretician Dieter Roelstraete describes this trend as “the historiographic turn,” which can be largely explained by the tumultuous social developments of the last ten years. However, the use of this historical refuge carries the risk of a certain blindness. Looking back can obscure the view of the present and the future, and make it more difficult to be open to the creative potential of the unknown and the unexpected, despite this being exactly what we need in these turbulent times.
In this lecture series, Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective, our heads turn in the other direction and our eyes focus on the horizon of the unknown.
More on www.facingforward.nl/program
1. FUTURE TECH – December 7, 2011
2. FUTURE IMAGE – December 14, 2011
3. FUTURE HISTORY – January 13, 2012
4. FUTURE FREEDOM – February 9, 2012
5. FUTURE MUSEUM – March 8, 2012
6. FUTURE CITY – March 2012
7. FUTURE’S FUTURE – April 2012
All lecture will take place at:
De Oude Lutherse Kerk
Auditorium University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands