Forecast Festival 2018
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
12 – 13 October 2018
In its third edition, the Forecast Festival addresses crucial questions concerning the future. Six aspiring artists worked with established mentors for five months on cross-disciplinary projects which will be displayed there.
The weekend is awash with workshops and discussion panels. There are also six presentations looking at the themes of Invasive Design, Moving Image, Looking, Living Matter, Composition, and Beyond Radio. As a platform for knowledge exchange, the festival offers young creative minds the opportunity to transform their ideas into projects that are then made accessible to a broad public. They are supported in this by mentors from similar disciplines who will supervise the implementation of the project throughout a five-month phase of cooperation. One of the teams, made up of the Dutch designer duo Commonplace Studio and the experienced curator Tulga Beyerle, has focused on the immersive experience at museums. How can a museum visit be made more interactive and how can digital media be brought into harmony with the physical space in museums? Omar A. Chowdhury worked with his mentor, the video artist Omer Fast, on the para-fictional film “Augustijn”, in which they investigate the issues surrounding religion, especially Islam, growing up, and social and societal pressure. The other mentors are the curator David Elliott, the composer and musician Holly Herndon, the artist Laura Lima, and the curator and radio announcer Peter Meanwell. Also part of the festival is the conference “Housing the Human”. This initiative, the result of a collaboration between five European institutions and organisations, presents current research approaches and scenarios on the topic of life on earth in the future.