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Mentorships for Audacious Minds
Forecast is an international mentorship program that promotes pioneering ideas by enabling knowledge transfer. In cooperation with the radialsystem.
Forecast is an international platform that promotes pioneering ideas by enabling knowledge transfer. In cooperation with HKW - Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
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We’re delighted to announce that the call for proposals for Forecast’s fifth edition is now open!
Forecast offers artists and creative thinkers the chance to work with accomplished mentors toward bringing their projects to fruition.
Creative practitioners and cultural producers working in all creative fields anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply with projects that could benefit from the expertise of one of the mentors in this edition, and from that mentor’s unique approach to material and knowledge production.
The mentors in Forecast’s fifth edition are chef Manu Buffara (Brazil), curator Koyo Kouoh (Cameroon), writer and researcher Evgeny Morozov (Belarus), visual artist and theater director Markus Öhrn (Sweden), musician Du Yun (China), and photographer and filmmaker Tobias Zielony (Germany).
Find out more about each mentor’s field of expertise and what he or she is looking for in a potential mentee on our website.
The deadline for applications is March 1, at 11:59pm CET.
The selection process is two-tiered. First, the mentors carefully review all proposals and invite three candidates each to workshop with the mentor and present their ideas at the Forecast Forum in Berlin, taking place July 13–19, 2020. At the conclusion of the Forum, each mentor chooses one mentee.
Each of the six mentees will receive a production budget and artist fee, and will have nine months to bring their ideas to fruition. In addition to independent, ongoing exchanges with their mentors, this period also includes a one-on-one work-stay with the mentor at an international partner institution.
The final projects will be presented to the public at the Forecast Festival, taking place April 6–10, 2021. The Forum and the Festival both take place at radialsystem, Berlin.
Forecast can only accept applications submitted in English via the online application form. Please consult the FAQ and Guidelines sections on our website for more details before applying.
Only three weeks left to apply for the Future Architecture 2020 Call for Ideas!
Want to present your work and ideas at the most significant architectural events throughout Europe? The Future Architecture 2020 Call for Ideas is open until 6 January 2020. Don't miss this chance to be part of the future of architecture—apply now!
The Future Architecture Platform invites multi-disciplinary emerging creatives from all over the world with transformative projects related to our living environment to apply to participate in the 2020 European Architecture Program.
The call is open to emerging architects, landscape architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, artists, curators, people involved in architectural communication and anyone whose professional work is focused on the future of architecture and living environments. Send us your completed projects, your theoretical or conceptual propositions for spatial, social or cultural innovation, and join our discussion about the future of architecture.
The work-stay is a new element of the Forecast program. Here, the mentee and the mentor—who usually live and work in different parts of the world—come together for several days of creative exchanges and concrete mentoring. Cartoonist Jonas Madden-Connor and his mentor in the Ink Paper Thought category, Anders Nilsen, were the first tandem to meet for an intensive five days of in-person collaboration.
Their work-stay took place in early November 2019, halfway through the nine-month mentorship period, in New York City, where Nilsen was participating at the Comic Arts Brooklyn fair. In collaboration with Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons at the Columbia University Libraries, the two were invited to meet and work at these libraries, and were granted access to Columbia’s 14,000-title collection of graphic novels as well as to the Rare Books and Manuscript Library.
Read about their experience at the libraries on our online journal!
The Work-Stay Jonas Madden-Connor and Anders Nilsen Explore the Comics Library at Columbia The work-stay is a new element of the Forecast program. Here, the mentee and the mentor—who usually live and work in different parts of the world—come together for several days of creative exchanges and co...
The FUTURE ARCHITECTURE 2020 CALL FOR IDEAS is now open!
Interested in presenting your work and ideas at the most significant architectural events around Europe?
The Future Architecture Platform invites multi-disciplinary emerging creatives from all over the world with transformative projects related to our living environment to apply to participate in the 2020 European Architecture Program. Apply now before 6 January 2020.
Don't miss out – be part of the future of architecture!
The applications will be judged by the Future Architecture board of members (consisting of high profile institutions, such as museums, galleries, publishing houses, biennials, and festivals), the Future Architecture alumni, and members of the public through online voting.
If selected for Future Architecture 2020, you'll be invited to participate in the Creative Exchange in Ljubljana, Slovenia (12-13 February 2020) and several other activities within the European Architecture Program. All travel (from within the EU) and accommodation costs for the selected participants will be covered by the platform or platform members. In addition, you'll be introduced to established institutions and have the opportunity to meet your peers, work together and boost your practice.
For more information and how to apply, go to:
In our new column, Revisit, we catch up with former Forecast mentees to see how the program has impacted their professional life.
The first interview is with Canadian musician Stefan Maier, who was mentored by Jennifer Walshe in 2017. We met up with him at Oslo's Ultima festival, where he premiered a new piece, a darkly alluring contemplation on the future of language, with visual interpretations by artist Alan Segal.
And as the Forecast network only keeps growing, Maier is playing together with 2019 mentor Okkyung Lee Music Page at the New Music festival in Vancouver this week!
Photo;: Stefan Maier (right) and artist Alan Martín Segal
On Saturday, October 19, as part of the Housing the Human Festival, the public was invited to join an open seminar with renowned experts and professionals including:
Jan Boelen (Z33, Hasselt; HfG Karlsruhe)
Matevž Čelik (Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana)
Pippo Ciorra (MAXXI, Rome; Demanio Marittimo Km-278, Senigallia)
Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ)
Jürgen Howaldt (Expert for social innovation, TU Dortmund)
Rahul Mehrotra (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge)
Josephine Michau (Copenhagen Architecture Festival CAFx)
Matthias Mohr (radialsystem)
Mae-Ling J Lokko (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York)
Daniel Perlin (Designer, New York City)
Margit Rosen (Art historian, ZKM, Karlsruhe)
Judith Seng (Designer, Berlin)
Jörg Stollmann (Urban Design and Urbanization, TU Berlin)
And James Taylor-Foster
If you missed the seminar, a summary of the talks is now available to download as a PDF file!
Photo: Camille Blake
Housing the Human Festival
On the weekend of October 18-19, Housing the Human marked the culmination of over a year of research with a festival showcasing five concepts for the future of living and social coexistence at radialsystem, Berlin.
The five participating architects and designers presented their final prototypes to the public in a two-day program as room-spanning installations, films, and performances, accompanied by conversations with architecture and design experts including Beatriz Colomina, Rahul Mehrotra, Daniel Perlin, Margit Rosen, and James Taylor-Foster.
Thank you to Lucia Tahan, Certain Measures, Mae-Ling J Lokko, Simone C Niquille / Technoflesh, and Dasha Tsapenko (with Daniel Bernhard Cremer) presented in collaboration with Future architecture platform!
And to everyone who helped to make this daring experiment a huge success!
Video by Berlin Art Link /MONA
Photos by ©Camille Blake
Photos by ©Camille Blake
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One of the many highlights of the Housing the Human Festival at radialsystem is Beatriz Colomina's lecture performance on the role of the bed in the age of social media and constant connectedness on Saturday, at 7pm.
Since the publication of her book “The Century of the Bed” in 2015, Colomina has staged numerous Bed-Ins around the world, including at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale where, as part of the presentation at the Dutch Pavilion, she reproduced the iconic hotel bed in which John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their Peace-In, at the Amsterdam Hilton, in 1969. She has since conducted numerous performative interviews with artists, architects, designers, activists, psychoanalysts, philosophers, and media theorists—in bed.
At her talk, Colomina will discuss the shifting role of the bed in a time when smartphones are often the first and last things we touch every day. How does the convergence of smartphone technology, flexible working conditions, the rise of the gig economy, and young professionals’ nomadic lifestyles impact the significance of the bed as a site of labor, leisure, and surveillance?
Following her lecture-performance, Colomina will invite architectural theorist Mark Wigley and others to a “Bed-In” for a series of conversations in pajamas.
Saturday, October 19, 7pm
Get your festival ticket here:
Photo: Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley
The Housing the Human Festival opens this Friday at @radialsystem!
Among the five prototypes to explore there is Lucia Tahan's “Cloud Housing,” which imagines a future in which a tech company has taken over the real-estate market by offering housing-on-demand services. With a large pool of rentals and the help of the gig economy, the company offers the possibility of relocating overnight, unburdened by ownership. Subscription-services data are used to adapt the décor, with pricing based on demand.
An augmented-reality app mimics the experience of living in such a space. A series of notifications that pop-up in the app encourage users to water plants, rearrange the furniture to maximize their use of space, or rebuke them for bad cleaning habits. Ads prompt subscribers to upgrade, purchase more cloud space, or move out.
This and other prototypes will be presented to the public in walkthroughs with experts including Tatiana Bilbao, Rahul Mehrotra, Mark Wigley, Beatriz Colomina, Daniel Perlin, James Taylor-Foster, and Margit Rosen.
For schedule and tickets, check:
Attention all young designers and architects! Our friends at Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium are holding an open call for their exhibition Format 2020. Don't miss out on this opportunity!
Z33 zoekt beloftevolle ontwerpers en architecten voor de FORMAT editie 2020. FORMAT is de jaarlijkse presentatie van pas afgestudeerd ontwerptalent. Het is een wedstrijd, maar niet zomaar eentje. De geselecteerde ontwerpers werken een jaar lang aan een nieuw project. Ze krijgen begeleiding van and
Housing the Human marks the culmination of over a year of research with a festival showcasing five concepts for the future of living and social coexistence at radialsystem, Berlin on October 18-19.
Five participating architects and designers will present their final prototypes to the public in a two-day program as room-spanning installations, films, and performances, accompanied by conversations with architecture and design experts including Tatiana Bilbao, Rahul Mehrotra, Beatriz Colomina, Margit Rosen, Daniel Perlin, and James Taylor-Foster.
The prototypes range from Mae-ling Lokko’s Agrocologies, a circular kitchen system that upcycles food waste into building material, to Dasha Tsapenko’s Lovaratory, a domestic environment that accommodates romantic relationships between humans and other beings. Meanwhile, Lucia Tahan’s Cloud Housing, Simone C Niquille’s HOMESCHOOL and Home Is Where the Droids Are by Certain Measures all look at the startling ways in which infotech could impact the future of living.
On opening day, ARCH+ features will host a talk between writer and editor Anh-Linh Ngo and architecture curator James Taylor-Foster on practical futurology and transdisciplinary research.
On the festival’s second day, architectural theorist and curator Beatriz Colomina will discuss “The 24/7 Bed” in a lecture on the role that the bed receives in the age of social media. Following her lecture, she will invite architectural theorist Mark Wigley, the five prototype designers, and others to a “Bed-In” for a series of conversations in pajamas.
The public is also invited to the event After Money, a game night as public forum that asks how new networks of care and sociability can emerge in a world without money. The players—politicians and prominent decision-makers—barter in skills and influence in order to survive natural and man-made disasters. The role-playing game was designed by the Urban Works Agency of the California College of the Arts specifically for Housing the Human, and is presented in collaboration with Future Architecture Platform.
Video by STARKAD
Housing the Human is a collaboration between
We're delighted to share these exhibitions by Forecast mentors past and present at Berlin Art Week!
Forecast 2019 mentor Candice Breitz's show LABOUR opens tonight, Sept 11, at n.b.k. Showroom.
Then, Paolo Cirio's solo show Image Rights opens Friday, Sept 12, at NOME.
And Bjørn Melhus, who was a mentor in our 2017 edition, is showing at KINDL - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst this Saturday, Sept 14.
Three events not to miss!
Photos: Candice Breitz by Till Cremer; Paolo Cirio; Bjørn Melhus by Yuki Jungesblut.
Mae-Ling J Lokko is the researcher behind the project "Agrocologies" and the mushroom-cultivation workshops at Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Berlin this Saturday. Read what she has in mind for our future kitchens!
Then, come see her design at Housing the Human Festival, October 18-19, at radialsystem. Tickets available here:
Designer Jerszy Seymour will mentor the Italian collective Parasite 2.0 on their subversive project Nasty Job, in which they argue that it’s time to rethink how we envision the human habitat and with it, the forms of social relationships that spatial organization generates. They propose an alternative spatial experience that breaks with architectural norms, basing their research on adult “playgrounds” such as the club, the squat, and sex-related environments, like swinger clubs and darkrooms.
At the end of the Forecast Forum at radialsystem in July, they sat down to discuss their next steps.
Video by STARKAD
Graphic novelist Anders Nilsen chose to mentor the project Grave Wounds by Jonas Madden-Connor, a pulpy vampire story that also deals with race relations and the search for an artistic voice.
Set in World War II, the graphic novel's protagonist is an African-American GI whose entire squad is killed in battle. He is brought to a nearby castle to recover, along with the other survivor, a German soldier. When the two discover that their hostess is a vampire, they must work together to escape.
Nilsen said: “I love the subtle complexity and patient storytelling in Madden-Connor’s work. I’m excited to accompany him over the next nine months as his work unfolds into a finished book.”
The two sat down at the end of the Forecast Forum at radialsystem, to talk about their next steps.
Video by STARKAD
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As an international mentorship program and interdisciplinary network for knowledge transfer, Forecast offers artists and creative thinkers from anywhere in the world the chance to work with accomplished mentors toward bringing their projects to fruition. Forecast transcends neatly defined disciplines and genres to provide insight into creative production processes, and carve out space for the questions on the minds of the next generation of trailblazers.
For each edition, Forecast selects six mentors of various disciplines who offer interested participants their expertise in specifying and realizing their pioneering project ideas.
The following mentors are participating in the fourth edition of Forecast: visual artist Candice Breitz (ZA), artist and internet activist Paolo Cirio (IT), musician Okkyung Lee (KR), cartoonist Anders Nilsen (US), radio reporter Joe Richman (US), and conceptual designer Jerszy Seymour (UK/CA).
These mentors have selected their mentees and the outcomes of these collaborations would then be presented at the Forecast Festival, taking place at Radialsystem March 30–April 5, 2020.
The Call for Proposals for the fifth edition of Forecast is now open!
The mentors of the upcoming fifth edition of Forecast have been announced: chef Manu Buffara (Brazil), curator Koyo Kouoh (Cameroon), writer and researcher Evgeny Morozov (Belarus, US), visual artist and theater director Markus Öhrn (Sweden), musician Du Yun (China), and photographer and filmmaker Tobias Zielony (Germany).
Until March 1, 2020, creative minds from all over the world working in various disciplines are encouraged to submit their proposals. Eighteen applicants will be invited to Berlin to discuss their ideas and present them at radialsystem during the Forecast Forum in July 2020. At the end of the Forecast Forum, each of the six mentors will select one concept to accompany to its realization.