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Over the coming decades new technologies will change our lives and the way in which we perceive it beyond our imagination. BEYOND Future Design is a creative and critical collaboration of science, technology and art, an experimental laboratory for new art forms and perspectives on the social, political and environmental impact of those new technologies and trends in a global context. Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is driven by technological trends that are already in motion —virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces: interacting, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning. These larger forces will revolutionize the way we learn, work, buy, and communicate with each other.

Future Design is not only concerned with ART but with the the art of thinking about and the way of shaping the future actively and consciously based on values which are humanistic, affirmative of the notions of universal human rights, including individual freedom, sexual emancipation, and environmental responsibility. Main objectives are to attract wide attention on these technologies and generate debates and interest to stimulate their use by independent artists and unrepresented groups in the community, to bring emerging new artistic practices into visibility inside the framework of a critical global cultural dialogue, and to recognize the potential these technologies offer in shaping and strengthening the cultural identity of minorities. Humans are story-driven animals and the human cultures are more made out of stories than of atoms. Cultures, religions, nations and political systems even the currency and the market are nothing more than stories Inter-Subjective Phenomenon’s people believe in.

The Ideas and Narratives of Today are the foundation of tomorrows History.

In Future Design Artist create not only new Design but new Narratives for the Future creating Probabilities AND Desirable Improbabilities BEYOND the Imitation of Life as we know it and resolving the antagonism between nature and technology.

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