Conference June 15-17, 2017

The centre of expertise Applied Futures Research - Open Time of the Erasmus University College Brussels and M HKA (Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp) collaborated on an exceptional three day conference linked to M HKA's 2017 summer exhibition ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’. Agence Future was invited to create one of the futurists' units in that exhibition. The conference was a lively affair. Check out the conference website to see what we made of it.

Taking cues from futurists and artist from different local and global contexts, DDT looks at how futures are designed, developed and transformed.  DDT will host academic and professional futurists from the global North and South as well as artists and designers, professionals from development (cooperation), (public) policy, business (management) and civil society. Bringing together such diverse perspectives, DDT is setting the scene for a rich exchange on how futures orientations can be applied to adres the complex, chaotic and contradictory nature of the present.

At the DDT conference we did:

  • Gather experiences and images of the futures from different fields of practice, including those from the global South and the field of the arts
  • Create learning opportunities from connecting the futures orientations of different practices
  • Give account of the diversity of approaches to futures
  • Provide networking opportunities around the application of futures approaches

Participate to:

  • Learn what artists and futurists make of the futures
  • See how images of the future generated in projects from divergent contexts become tangible
  • Experience collaborative and open-ended approaches to possible, probable, plausible and preferable futures
  • Share cases, insight and knowledge, build skills, find inspiration
  • Find out what selected futures research, projects and programmes have attempted and achieved
  • Compare notes with fellow participants in the Open Space of M HKA
  • Ask new questions, activate capacities and create opportunities for new futures perspectives

Find the DDT call for papers here.