Near-Future Artworlds Curatorial Disruption Foresight Group
Cover Story, June 2018
Sporadically convened by Latitudes, the Near-Future Artworlds Curatorial Disruption Foresight Group is a forum for informal dialogue about megatrends and the future of contemporary art institutions.
In order to be conducive to freedom of interaction, these by-invitation, closed-door meetings have been held under the Chatham House Rule. The list of attendees is not circulated beyond those participating in the meeting, and no documentation is made. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. This allows participants to express personal views, to listen, reflect and gather insights with a clear distinction from the position of their employers or associated organizations. No resolutions are issued, no votes are undertaken, and no policy statements are proposed.
The first meeting took place as part of the Vessel / MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) International Curatorial Retreat in Bari, Italy, in May 2015. Through the lens of curatorial writing and a skeptical take on the notion of the Global South, it aimed to operate in the realm of “art-fiction”, of desirable or dystopian phenomena, speculative objects and art world services including art-institution-like structures and art-magazine-like formats.
With an emphasis on cross-pollination between design thinking and curatorial thinking, the second meeting – a glimpse of which is this month’s cover story – was convened in San Francisco in August 2015 at the invitation of Kadist. On this occasion, the meeting brought together individuals and expertise from the Bay Area with an active interest in institutional prototyping and emergent usership to discuss, among other things, the notion of the post-disciplinary, and the question of appropriate speeds or periodicities of institutions.
The most recent session took place in November 2015 at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK. It collectively imagined a post-apocalyptic scenario in which a city art ecology had to be regrown from the ground up. What would be most urgent priorities in terms of organisation, facilities, tools?
The Near-Future Artworlds Curatorial Disruption Foresight Group remains poised to address critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities.