Research into the organization of our imagination - with the help of 25 artist and researchers, 2010
Allison Kudla, Lennart Frank, Jörg Lindenmaier, Els Viaene, Tanvi Srivastava and Dave Vasant, Kerstin Ergenzinger, Lucía Ayala, Luis und Linus Negron, Andreas Hirsch, Maarten Crivits, Jarim Kim, Helga Schania, Stijn Pardon, Sarah Kesenne, Sung-Jae Lee, Tobias Grewenig, Olaf Val, Yuyeon Yang, Silvan Kaelin, Stefaan Viaene, Thomas Laureyssens, Younju Hee and Dieter Van Dam
The project was commissioned by the Arko Art Center on the occassion of the exhibition "Greening Green". The main research questions were: Can the Creative Class add something to the desirable development towards a future without a possible ecological breakdown? And what do we imagine as a group?
To see which patterns and structures appear when a group of creatives is asked the same two questions, 25 artists and researchers were confronted with the following: "We invent and develop more and more to cope with the challenges of the near future – be it shortage of raw materials, new ozone holes, overpopulation, new enlightments, superreligions, boredom or whatever comes to your mind.. But which thing* might be of importance to you and fascinate you in 200 years? And which new thing* is going to come up which is beyond what you can picture today?". (*It dosen't need to be a thing in the strictest sense)
The questions were simple on purpose in order not to limit the answers and still access the very personal layers of thoughts and desires.
The answers came back as simple and direct sketches or some few lines of text. These were collected and loosely ordered to try to find threads running through the collective effort. Some spinoffs of the ideas were turned into small objects and cast in resin (to serve as a time capsule).
The starting point for examining the responses of the peer group were the following interests:
Does the (selected share of the) creative class still work and think in egoistic frameworks?
Is sustainability going to be an issue?
Are there some subliminal flows of capitalistic ideas and image cultures within the answers or are there some alternatives showing up?
Can we think as far as 200 years and what changes if we think farther than the next holiday?
Which material qualities (informed, metabolic, cyclic) are going to show up in the ideas of the peer group?
The results were indeed surprising.
Special thanks for the versatile and kind support to Jaewon Choi.
photographies by Arko Arts Center