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November 17, 2017

"Narratives of a Near Future"

Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)

Korakrit Arunanondchai, with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4, 2017. Digital video still. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G, New York.

For its 10th anniversary, HEAD – Genève is hosting the international conference "Narratives of a Near Future,"  which addresses the challenges that the next generation will have to meet by crossing, in an innovative way, viewpoints of artists, designers and scholars. Conceived as a real forum, "Narratives of a Near Future"  features talks, screenings, performances and exhibition spaces in the new campus buildings. How do artists, designers and scholars see the future? Arguing for a transdisciplinary approach, the programme of "Narratives of a Near Future" revolves around four central themes.

Rewind Forward examines our relationship with the past, the present and the future from a methodological and ontological point of view. Inhabit the Anthropocene explores the current and future relations between human beings and their environment, the challenges posed by the preservation of natural resources, migratory movements and changes in technology. Decoding/Recoding focuses on the future changes in the economy, knowledge and forms of both intelligence and control related to the widespread digitization. Collective Super Egos tackles body issues: its hybridisations with technologies, its representations and its more and more fluid identities.

Conferences in English and in French with simultaneous translations into French or English. 

December 14, 9am—1pm: Rewind Forward
Mathieu Lehanneur, designer, France
Mark Wigley, architect, author, professor and dean emeritus at Columbia GSAPP, New Zealand/US
Marguerite Humeau, artist, researcher, France/UK
Liam Young, architect, filmmaker, Australia/UK
Aliocha Imhoff, Kantuta Quirós, artists, researchers, curators, founders Le peuple qui manque, France
Mathieu Triclot, philosopher, lecturer at Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, France

December 14, 2–7pm: Inhabit the Anthropocene
Baptiste Morizot, philosopher, lecturer in Philosophy at the Université d’Aix-Marseille, France
Marie Velardi, artist, researcher, Switzerland
Oliver Ressler, artist, filmmaker, Austria
Metahaven, designers collective, Netherlands
Jussi Parikka, writer, media theorist, professor in technological culture & aesthetics at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK/Finland
Vanessa Lorenzo, designer — Spain/Switzerland
Kodwo Eshun, artist, theorist, lecturer in Aural and Visual Culture at Goldsmith, UK
J.G. Biberkopf, artist, Lithuania/Netherlands

December 15, 9am—1pm: Decoding/Recoding
Kevin Slavin, chief science and technology officer The Shed, US
Cécile B. Evans, artist, researcher, UK
Dan Hill, designer, urbanist, UK
Korakrit Arunanondchai, artist, filmmaker, Thailand/US
Yves Citton, writer, literature professor Université de Grenoble, France
Lauren Huret, artist, Switzerland
Michael Hansmeyer, architect, Switzerland/Germany
Jan Vorisek, artist, Switzerland

December 15, 2–7pm: Collective Super Egos
Aimee Mullins, actress, athlete, model, US
Olaf Blanke, founding director Center for Neuroprosthetics, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, Switzerland
Ying Gao, fashion designer, professor, Canada
Thomas Thwaites, designer, researcher Rhode Island School of Design, UK/US
Joanna Berzowska, associate professor, Design and Computation Art research director, XS Labs Concordia University, Canada
Arne Hendriks, artist, researcher, Netherlands

December 14–15: Artistic propositions
Korakrit Arunanondchai, Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós (Le peuple qui manque), Ying Gao, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Michael Hansmeyer, Lauren Huret, Vanessa Lorenzo, Oliver Ressler, Luc Schuiten, The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG), Julien Baiamonte, Mathieu Cherubini, Laura Couto Rosado, Chloé Delarue, Camille Dumond, Mathis Gasser, Lisa Hartje-Moura, Charles Heller, Emilie Joly, Malak Mekhbout, Raphaëlle Muller, Benoît Renaudin

Online booking  here

1 day CHF 100 regular / CHF 30 reduced*
2 days CHF 150 regular / CHF 50 reduced*
Lunch included 
*student, unemployed, senior

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