10.00 – 11.30
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand” – Attributed to Confucius
Speaker: Time’s Up – Austria
“No one actually knows how a sustainable, modern society looks like.” (Welzer, 2014) And although we cannot claim to know, we can try and imagine possibilities what it might look like. He goes on to say that “Instead of a technological transformation, we need a socio-cultural one” which reminds us that “There’s no App for that” where the “that” in question is the dilemma of contemporary society.
Time’s Up continues to deepen an arts-based cultural investigation into raising awareness and allowing contemplation of ways in which we might and want to live. We do this by collaboratively imagining and building possible and preferred futures, instigating as well as encouraging public discourse about individual and collective futures.
We invite the public to investigate possible and preferable futures by walking through a built environment that makes a possible future experienceable and thus able to be immersively explored. We offer staged space, a scenography that invites deeper investigation. By creating immersive experiences, the public is encouraged to explore speculative cultures as well as possible, plausible, probable and preferable ways of being.
As a society, we are in constant contact with media and knowledge now, we cannot not know (Donna Haraway) and it is no longer our job (as artists) to raise awareness, because there is no longer an excuse for not being aware. In the midst of a postfactual world, there are also actual facts and with an appropriate level of reflection, as we require in a Redactional Society we can and are aware of enough; the drowning of migrants, the avoidance of fair taxation and the imbalance in society are not hidden in any way any more. As Matthew Fuller says, our job (as artists) is “not about representation and communication, but about putting action in the world.” And we do this by building experiencable possibilities that begin to deal with these issues of which we (all) cannot not be aware.
We will talk about our work with experiential futures, physical narratives and futuring workshops, artists and others working in similar veins and the value of speculative design for a post normal world.
Time’s Up – Laboratory for the construction of experimental situations.
Founded in 1996, Time’s Up has its principal locus in the Linz harbour of Austria. Its mission is to investigate the ways in which people interact with and explore their physical surroundings as a complete context, discovering, learning and communicating as they do.
Thus our research is based upon constructing interactive situations not unlike the normal physical world, inviting an audience into them and encouraging their playful experience-driven exploration of the space and its behaviours, alone and in groups. In this research process we use tools from the arts and design, mathematics, science and technology as well as sociology and cultural studies.
Our goals are to collaboratively investigate the world and its options with a general public, communicating and discussing these discoveries through workshops, publications, teaching and symposia.
11.30 – 13.00
Carving a walking stick for a sustainable artistic pathway
Speakers: Adri Schokker & T.S. Anna // Media Art Friesland – Netherlands
During this workshop we will explore several hands-on methods for defining and positioning your art practice. Based on the book “Plan and Play, Play and Plan” by Jan Willem Schrofer (former director of Rijksakademie vai Beeldende Kunsten) and our own experience as visual artists, we will offer some tools to create and carve your own walking sticks to accompany you on your artistic pathway. We hope these simple tools will help you to think about ‘where you stand and what you stand for’, as well as take ownership of your artistic path and the strategical and tactical choices you make within it. Make sure to bring your sketchbook and pencil to this workshop!
Groningen (NL) based visual artist Adri Schokker has a diverse practice where he shifts between media artist, curator, lecturer, researcher and fast-food developer, critically and playfully examining various aspects of art, technology and pop culture. In his own artistic work, Adri examines the impact that new digital information technologies and the extent to which digital images determine our notion of what is truth. His installations are never finished and through applying simple game elements the viewer is seduced to contribute to the work. In his imaginary playground Nou&Herkauw, Adri develops installations and workshops that explore the creative power of technology on the cross-section with crafts and sculpture. The workshops are meant for children but parents are always welcome. Adri is curator and artist scout at Media Art Festival in Leeuwarden. His most recent passion is Killer Foods, a vegan snack counter that playfully denounces the bio-industry and introduces people to equally tasty vegetable and sustainable alternatives.
T.S. Anna is a visual artist who was born in Riga, Latvia and currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands. For over a decade Anna has been curating and producing events of varying scale – from local to international – often in-between the blurry boundaries of art, culture, technologies and education. Currently she is focused on her post-media artistic practice that involves intuitive and intellectual speculations about knowledge, knowing and not knowing, and a search for truth in an age of post-truth. Driven by a passion for the complexities found in nature, her work seeks to invite the spectator to wander, discover and wonder. Aside her own practice she works as artistic advisor (for Media Art Friesland), as artist (for “Nou en Herkauw”), and on project basis as research assistant (for prof. Anke Coumans, Image in Context research group, Minerva Art Academy).
Adri and Anna have worked together since 2011 when they co-developed and coordinated an international Erasmus funded Intensive Programme and mini-festival “Island CQ: Power and Control” in Irbene, Latvia. Since then they have worked together on several projects and events. Aside these collaborations, they often assist each other with organising and setting up exhibitions and events. Since 2018 they have been working together on a participatory process-led artistic research path called “The Forest”. This has led them to host workshops and show their ever evolving forest archive in the form of a VR installation on festivals and events in woodlands and galleries around Europe.
14.00 – 15.30
The price of art
Speaker: Andrea Ciommiento // Quarantasettezeroquattro – Italy
This workshop will explore artistic production models in relation to the economic impact of art. Some essential elements will be proposed in the first part of the workshop: public-private support, value of art, new professional roles of artistic production. In the second part the group will be guided in the creation of its own project through some creative exercises. The ingredients of the recipe: artistic visions, social impact and involvement of local supporters.
Andrea Ciommiento, drama maker and curator in Community Art Projects. He’s graduated in “Performing Arts and Media Studies” at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice deepening his studies at Biennale College Theatre of Venice. He works with different cultural centres, such as Nazional Theatre of Turin (Torino), ZONA K (Milano), Invasioni Creative (Udine). He has teached at the Master of Social Arts of Sapienza University of Rome and European University of Rome.
Followed by a Q&A session with all the speakers of the day.