top of page

INSPIRE 2023: Art and Futures

Author

Epaminondas Christophilopoulos

May 22, 2023

The Inspire project has been running at MOMus since 2012. In a fascinating anarchic creative environment, young artists are invited to create original artworks in one week under the guidance of an established artist. At the same time, curators are invited to set up the exhibition just hours before the official opening.

As if the usual complexity wasn't enough, this year's Inspire 2023 brought a number of innovations and new complexities. Double in size this year, it hosted 40 young artists working under the guidance of two lead artists Mikhail Karikis and Albert Barqué-Duran. Also, this year by focusing on the theme of the future, INSPIRE attempts to create a framework for the collaboration of art and future studies by attempting to lay the groundwork for similar collaborations in other scientific areas.


The idea for this year's theme was initiated by Areti Leopoulou, curator at MOMus, when we met 3 years ago, at Reworks Agora 2019, where I was presenting the Millennium Project's research on 2050 and Albert (Barqué-Duran) was presenting experiments of art creation (painting and music) in zero gravity conditions. Discussions about the exhibition began immediately, however, the pandemic postponed the project several times, and eventually found myself having the dual role of MOMus president and futures expert (UNESCO Chair & Millennium Project).


The futures lab


The main role of the UNESCO Chair was to enable the dialogue between art and "science" and lay the groundwork for artists to explore and envision different alternative futures.


Using as a source of inspiration the 3 scenarios for 2050 composed by the Millennium Project, a full-day participatory workshop was designed where artists used foresight tools to explore different futures and learned to look into the corners for useful ideas, because the future, we will eventually experience, is usually created at the margins.


So as part of the futures lab, the artists understood the way each one envisions the future differently by traveling through one of Polak's quadrants, spotted megatrends/trends/weak signals/black swans, created alternative future scenarios using Dator archetypes, and created their future selves by playing Cadavre Exquis, a famous surrealist game. Finally, once they felt ready, the 42 artists navigated through the Millennium Project's scenarios for 2050 and put some flesh to them by using the Harman fan method to create, in complete silence, newspaper headlines for 3 different futures.


The INSPIRE exhibition will be open until the 30th of September 2023 at MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece

17368

0

1

EXTERNAL LINKS


New to foresight or want to deepen your knowledge on methods? Interested in the latest research and videos from the Futures4Europe community? Find out more in our futures literacy database!

Carla los

Carla los

Origin for Sustainability has unveiled the latest report from the Foresight Exercise, shedding light on the transition from archetypes to strategic options and policy needs. In this article, we delve into a journey aimed at confronting future scenarios, strategic options, policy needs, and the imminent challenges of mountain regions, along with the general conclusions of this part of the MOVING project.
From archetypes, Strategic Options and policy needs for mountains in 2050
From archetypes, Strategic Options and policy needs for mountains in 2050

0

0

0

Sandra Fernandes

Sandra Fernandes

The following recently published and upcoming reports and books shed light on future-oriented insights with a special focus on Portugal. These materials explore a range of topics, from economic development and technological innovation to environmental sustainability and social trends specific to the region. By delving into these resources, readers can gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities that Portugal may face in the coming years.
Portugal’s path forward: Key insights from recent foresight publications
Portugal’s path forward: Key insights from recent foresight publications

814

0

0

Laura Galante

Laura Galante

Futures4Europe interviewed Eye of Europe’s Coordinator, Radu Gheorghiu, foresight expert at UEFISCDI, the Romanian Research & Innovation funding agency. What does the future look like for R&I in Europe? How does foresight play a role? Radu provides a glimpse into these questions and Eye of Europe’s central role in them.
An Interview with Eye of Europe's Project Coordinator
An Interview with Eye of Europe's Project Coordinator

2745

0

2

Laura Galante

Laura Galante

Paulo Carvalho has been working in the field of futures and foresight for more than 25 years. On one hand, he is a professor in foresight, strategy and innovation at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Lisbon. On the other hand, he founded a foresight company five years ago, IF Insight Foresight, focussing on consulting, horizon scanning and strategic intelligence, as well as other strategy and innovation projects. He talked to Futures4Europe about Insight Foresight’s recently developed tool ORION and how it could revolutionise foresight practices.
ORION: Meet Your Co-Pilot in Horizon Scanning
ORION: Meet Your Co-Pilot in Horizon Scanning

4119

0

5

Be part of the foresight community!

Share your insights! Let the Futures4Europe community know what you are working on and share insights from your foresight research or your foresight project.

bottom of page