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Introducing our new programme

From December 2020

What is shaping how you think about the planet’s future?

Forecast is a new programme by Invisible Dust exploring answers to that question.

We’re bringing together leading artists, scientists, thinkers and change-makers in an attempt to better understand what influences our view of the future and what’s next for this planet.

Faced with the uncertainty of the pandemic and in the midst of the climate crisis, it has never been so unclear what lies ahead. We know we cannot plan for the future by assuming it will look like the past – 2020 has made that all too clear.

How can we go forward positively when the future is so complex, uncertain and unknown? 

  • Do we look to technology or to nature for solutions?
  • To our leaders or to the unheard?
  • Who should be making the decisions and how should they be made?
  • What place is there for hope?

Along with our programme partners from around the world, Forecast will consider answers to these questions and present new art and ideas from across every continent. There will be new collaborative works, collections of writings, open discussions, live performances, curated films and more.

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Forecasting: Interesting Worlds

Our first Forecast commission, Forecasting: Interesting Worlds by acclaimed Chinese artist Fei Jun is asking 13 people from across the world to consider their view of the future.

The participants are based in Russia, China, Antarctica, Ghana, Mozambique, Finland, California, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay and the UK – with a special additional participant to represent our seas and oceans.

From a range of over 180 objects created by Fei Jun – some everyday, others less so – they have been asked to select the five objects that stand out as being the most important to their thinking about the future and to reflect on why.

With these selections, the artist Fei Jun is creating a bespoke 4D ‘future universe’ for each participant. the objects and the way they are placed and interact with others, form a dialogue, a dream, a moving 4D universe of their hopes and fears. 

A powerful final artwork formed from these different universes will be presented here in January 2021.

40 answers

We asked the same question to dozens of people, asking for responses in no more than 50 words: what is shaping how you think about the planet’s future?

The full collection includes responses from artists, photographers, physicists, biologists, economists, mathematicians, activists, CEOs, authors, and more.

Follow the link below to read all of the responses and tell us what you think.

Open Online Summit

3rd – 7th March 2021

We’re hosting a five-day series of events in March. There will be panel discussions, artist performances, extended interviews, film screenings and more.

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Artworks

Fei Jun’s ‘Forecasting: Interesting Worlds’ is the first keynote commission for this programme. This collaborative digital work will be presented here in January 2021.

Artists Ahilapalapa Rands and Adam Chodzko will be presenting new performance pieces at Forecast’s online event series in March.

Artist and filmmaker Hito Steyerl is presenting her new film ‘Leonardo’s Submarine’. Invisible Dust is working with her on research and development drawing from Forecast’s themes.

Programme Partners

We are delighted to be working alongside some wonderful people and organisations from around the world as Forecast evolves over the coming months and years. Our first partners to be announced include:

  • The Sydney Environment Institute, Australia
  • Central Academy of Fine Arts, China
  • Jessica Sweidan, Synchronicity Earth, UK
  • 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust, Uganda
  • The British Council Germany
  • The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York, UK
  • Flourishing Diversity, UK

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Write to us at forecast@invisibledust.com and let us know what you’d like to see in this programme.

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