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Why should we step away from our desks?
Discussing a new reality
What can be the role of art in a crisis?
What does it mean to be free?
How do you approach a music video?
Is cinema dead?
What can be the role of art in a crisis?

Self-isolation perspectives on freedom, art and the future

Background
When we chose to celebrate freedom for our birthday this year, we wanted to present perspectives that defy the dominant narratives and challenge concepts of freedom. We did this with From Freedom To Freedom, a collection of 10 perspectives on what freedom means now, but it didn’t seem enough to only present these perspectives, without questioning the role of their medium. Freedom and art are so deeply weaved together that it might be hard to separate them - art is freedom, even if just freedom for expressing freedom. But what else can art do for us (and us for it) in a time of crisis?
Discussions over what is the role of art in a society are never ending, because a single answer can never be produced. There seems to be a consensus, however, that it is necessary, that it flourishes in times of crisis. These are perhaps the times when it is needed the most to create space to reflect and to think of a new, better future together, to create change. We have reached what feels a global standstill, but art and culture haven't stopped, instead transferring and adapting from the outside to the inside of our homes, there for us for solace or for reflection whilst we rethink: what comes next?

We invited 9 artists and cultural agents to reflect on the present context and to discuss how we can build what comes next for art and culture, from the opportunities of today. In a 3-episode series, What’s Next? explores their perspectives. 

EP. 1 — FREEDOM


EP.2 — ART


EP.3 — FUTURE


I think people will move from cities into the countryside with internet so they can balance screen time and technology with nature and enjoy a slower and healthier lifestyle.

— David Quiles Guilló

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Meet the Interviewees
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HELEN JOB

HEAD OF INSIGHT AT TCO LONDON

Helen has worked in the world of youth culture trends for two decades leading multi-disciplinary, global insight and brand strategy teams for Flamingo and WGSN in New York and London. She was previously Director of Trends at MTV and also co-founded disruptive insight and strategy collective The Akin. Helen also conceptualised the Global Trend Forecasting Curriculum for Parsons School of Design, in New York, and was recently named one of The Drum’s 50 best female speakers in the UK.

DAVID QUILLES GUILLÓ

HUNTER/GATHERER — THE WRONG TV

David Quiles Guillo is a cultural entrepreneur, curator, writer and art director. He is the founder of THE WRONG New Digital Art Biennale and recently launched the wrong tv, a new online tv platform for digital art, music & culture with 24/7 free live streaming. David is also Curator at Press Refresh and Master electrician at Cachopou.

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DAVID WILSON

VIDEO DIRECTOR

Most well known for his music video work, David Wilson’s output has spanned various mediums including commercials and installations, for whom David often crosses and combines disciplines between animation and live action. He has worked with Arctic Monkeys, Metronomy, Royal Blood and Tame Impala, receiving copious accolades including being crowned Best Director at the UK Music Video Awards and a Grammy nomination in 2015 for his video for Arcade Fire, 'We Exist’. We previously featured David on Director ID, We previously featured David on Director ID, in a Vimeo Staff Picked video.

PAULINE FOESSEL

CURATOR — ART CURATOR GRID

Pauline Foessel, is a curator and art entrepreneur whose years of experience as Director at art institutions, galleries and studios have shaped her expertise and understanding of the art landscape globally. She has recently launched Art Curator Grid, a digital platform dedicated to contemporary art curators. Pauline is also the co-director of Underdogs Gallery. She took part into the cultural branding development of Lisbon by shaping it as one of the global urban-contemporary art scenes.

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MARIANA VILANOVA

ARTIST

Mariana Vilanova is a fine artist, previously part of the collective berru, who won the 2019 Sonae Media Art Prize. The idea of the machine as an extension of the human body, and medium of creation and destruction, represent the body of her artistic practice, while she explores notions of time, space, perception, entropy and empathy and how these are explored through different mechanisms. Her work has been recently exhibited at Galeria Municipal do Porto, Planetário do Porto, dose magazine, Tetris, oMuseu – FBAUP, Lugar do Desenho – Fundação Júlio Resende, and Galeria Solar – Vila do Conde.

ALBERT FOLCH

CREATIVE DIRECTOR — FOLCH STUDIO

Albert is the Founder and Creative Director of Folch studio. He has also given birth to editorial initiatives like Odiseo and Eldorado. Graduated in Graphic Design from ESDi School of Design, Albert had previously studied Geology at UAB and photography at Royal Academie of Arts of Antwerp, in Belgium. Albert is also co-director and teacher in the Master of Editorial Design at ELISAVA. He is also a member of the Comunitat 080 Barcelona Fashion. Albert has been awarded with Premios Gràffica 2017.

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JACCO GARDNER

MUSICIAN & PRODUCER

At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio Jacco Gardner is a baroque pop multi-instrumentalist and producer, who creates unique music by combining the sounds of harpsichord, strings, flutes and other classical instruments with raw psychedelic effects. Since launching his 2012 debut album Cabinet of Curiosities, his sound has evolved, as Jacco began to experiment with synthesizers and eventually came up with a hybrid sound that meshed his love of baroque pop with ambient synthesizer music. His third album, Somnium released in 2018, reflected this new sound. We previously interviewed Jacco at Le Guess Who? for Represent the Unrepresented.

KOVI KONOWIECKI

PHOTOGRAPHER

Born in Long Beach, California, Kovi Konowiecki is currently based between Long Beach and Mexico City. After playing professional soccer in Europe, he turned to photography as a way to document the things around him and shed light on different aspects of his identity. Kovi was selected to be a part for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in both 2016 and 2018, and was the first ever nominee to have two images shortlisted for the first place prize. Kovi has exhibited his work in spaces such as ROSEGALLERY (CA) and The National Portrait Gallery (London). In 2018, Kovi cofounded a small publication, Mula Press, to explore his love for book making.

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foto by Alvaro Campos

ELISE BY OLSON

PUBLISHER & CURATOR — EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WALLET MAG

Elise By Olsen is an editor, publisher and curator. With an expansive list of art- and fashion projects. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Wallet, a new publication dedicated to critical dialogue within the fashion industry. Prior to founding Wallet, Elise was internationally recognized as “the world’s youngest editor-in-chief” at age 13 in international press. Her first publication, Recens Paper was a renowned youth culture magazine. We previously interviewed Elise in a 180 Meets episode recorded at 180 Creative Camp 2018.

I’m still pushing for this idea that we can have a more human phase of capitalism (…). It would be a complete failure to return to where we were before.

— Helen Job

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