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THOUGHTS ON THE
As the end of the year approaches, we look back to a year exploring questions around the collective and also into the future. Seeing 2020 as a turning point, of a year and a decade, we are reflecting on different topics in arts and society and looking to the themes and questions that will define them in the next ten years.- How will the next decade be?
For Thoughts On The Next Decade, we invited 10 artists and thinkers from our network to answer some critical questions and present their predictions on what the next decade will look like from their perspectives. Every episode of this series tries to emulate the idea of a time capsule, in which every artist or thinker invited starts the video with the date it was recorded.
At the end, a group of people from different points of the globe and with a connection to Canal180, transports a collection of thoughts to the collective memory. The final result is a series that gathers thoughts on music, culture, activism, festivals, photography, online platforms, architecture, technology and spirituality, and how these will evolve in the next 10 years. A time capsule full of Thoughts On The Next Decade.
PART 5: HOW CAN WE STAY OPEN TO NEW REALITIES IN THE NEXT DECADE?
WITH VINCENT MOON
Society is full of information and along with it comes a sort of arrogance that makes us think that we can find and know everything. And this made us reflect. How can we stay open to new realities in the next decade and go looking for them, stepping out of our own intellectual bubbles? In the fifth part of Thoughts On The Next Decade, Vincent Moon, a French independent filmmaker, presents his thoughts on rituals and spirituality in the digital age.
Born in Paris, Vincent Moon (real name Mathieu Saura) is an independent filmmaker who travels the world with his camera, documenting music-related experiences, from rock concerts to rare shamanic rituals, experimentations in electronics or a cappella village songs. We met Vincent in 2014 and highlighted his work in an episode of 180ID.
The digital age is spiritual reawakening but it’s taking us a very long time to see it coming.
- Vincent Moon
PART 4: WHAT TRANSFORMATIONS WILL HAPPEN IN PUBLIC SPACE AND THE WAY WE INHABIT CITIES?
WITH VERE VAN GOOL
To answer our questions regarding the role of architecture in dismantling social hierarchy in the coming decade, we invited Vere Van Gool, a curator and writer based in New York. For the fourth episode of Thoughts On the Next Decade, we invited Vere Van Gool to talk about the future of the spaces we live in.
Vere van Gool is a curator and writer based in New York. Currently, she works as Associate Director and Curator at the New Museum’s IdeasCity - a residency and forum that explores the role of art and culture beyond the walls of the museum. She is also a lecturer, currently at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Her work has been featured in Architectural Review, ArtNet, Crash Magazine, Document Journal, I-D Magazine, and New York Times.
What we should do is look at nature, learn from nature to discover natural design and cohabitation processes that use natural materials and climate systems to create sustainable places and sights and agencies for people to live together.
- Vere Van Gool
PART 3: HOW WILL PHOTOGRAPHY EVOLVE IN THE NEXT DECADE?
WITH TANIA FRANCO KLEIN
To present predictions on the evolution of photography in the next decade we invited Tania Franco Klein, a Mexican photographer whose work evokes a nostalgia for a paradise lost, highly influenced by her fascination with trying to understand the psychology of our contemporary society. In this episode, she presents her predictions on the evolution of photography in a saturated world of images.
Tania Franco Klein’s work is highly influenced by her fascination with social behavior and contemporary practices such as leisure, consumption, media overstimulation, emotional disconnection, the obsession with eternal youth, the American dream in the Western world and the impact those have in our everyday life. Her work has been exhibited across Europe, USA, and has been featured by international publications including Aperture Foundation, The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, Paris Review, Vogue Italia and The New Yorker.
I hope we can create less but with more meaning and being more conscious about “are we taking something or doing something?”. The economisation of the image in a way.
Tania Franco Klein
PART 2: IN THIS OVERLY SATURATED ONLINE WORLD, WHAT IS THE VALUE OF OUR ATTENTION?
WITH LUCY BLACK-SWAN
Lucy Black-Swan is the co-founder of Internet Age Media, a group of ventures exploring the implications of digital technologies in the futures of the Planet, and so, we thought she was the best person to ask our questions around the future of our relationships with the internet.
In the second episode of Thoughts on the Next Decade, she tells us about becoming mindful of the place of internet platforms in our world and lives and shifting to long-term thinking, both when it comes to taking care of our minds and the planet.
Lucy co-founded Internet Age Media (IAM) with Andrés Colmenares. IAM develops unconventional research, curatorial & commissioning projects through creative partnerships with cultural institutions. They also run a number of experimental initiatives, including the IAM Weekend, an event about the futures of internet in Barcelona, where we filmed Thoughts on the Future(s) of the Internet earlier this year.
We can’t normalise the omnipresence of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google in our lives. It’s important that we become more aware of the value of our attention.
- Lucy Black-Swan
PART 1: HOW WILL ACTIVISM AND THE POLITICAL SOCIETY EVOLVE IN THE COMING DECADE?
WITH DANIEL ERLACHER
To answer our questions surrounding how activism and the political society will evolve in the next decade, we invited Daniel Erlacher, whom we had previously met when we interviewed him for Thoughts on Collectivism. In this first episode of Thoughts on The Next Decade, he speaks about the role technology and the younger generation of activists, rising in the light of the climate crisis debate, will play in changing how we protest.
Daniel Erlacher is the co-founder of The Elevate Festival in Graz, Austria, which is one of the We Are Europe festivals that combines music, art, and political topics. He coordinates the discourse part of the documentary film festival and the Elevate Media channel live stream. You can find him regularly communicating on topics like public & social media, decentralised communication, data protection, geopolitics, and human rights.
In the next ten years, I think activists will have to learn that they cannot rely on systems like Facebook or other centrally controlled systems. (...) We have now a generation that are called ‘digital natives’, but are they really ‘digital natives’ or are they born into a world of Google and Apple on their devices and no alternatives?
- Daniel Erlacher
Marije Martens is co-founder and editor of Are We Europe - a collective of European journalists and content creators. Are We Europe reports on the often neglected and ever-changing state of the European identity by empowering aspiring European journalists who are exploring the topic.
Johann Wald has been selecting music for more than 15 years as a VJ for MTV as well as numerous TV and radio channels. He is a DJ, actor and Spanish TV presenter who currently also produces and hosts an array of shows on Radio Primavera Sound, recognised as a new interesting concept of a radio channel.
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