Facing Forward – Art & Theory from a Future Perspective

Lecture series December 2011 – April 2012

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Following the successful lecture series and publications Right About Now: Art & Theory in the 1990s and Now is the Time: Art & Theory in the 21st Century, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, de Appel arts centre, W139, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, and Metropolis M, jointly present a new series of lectures and debates: Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective.

This series and its forthcoming publication will discuss art and theory of the future, focusing on seven themes that together envision possible futures for contemporary art and theory, and offering innovative models and strategies with which to look at our collective future. Over the course of seven evenings, renowned international speakers will share their perspectives on the topics of Future Tech, Future Image, Future History, Future Freedom, Future Museum, Future City and ultimately, Future’s Future.

The first lecture evening will be Wednesday, December 7 th and deals with the topic of Future Tech. With lectures by Amber Case and Manual DeLanda , this evening promises to be the perfect kickoff of this lecture series.

The complete program is as follows:

1 FUTURE TECH - December 7‚ 2011, 8 pm
Speakers: Manuel DeLanda & Amber Case

2 FUTURE IMAGE - December 14, 2011, 8 pm
Speakers: James Elkins & Jalal Toufic

3 FUTURE HISTORY - January 13, 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: Amelia Jones & David Summers

4 FUTURE FREEDOM – February 9, 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: Paul Chan & Hito Steyerl

5 FUTURE MUSEUM - March 8, 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: Hans Belting & Iwona Blazwick

6 FUTURE CITY - April 2012, 8 pm
Speakers: Rem Koolhaas (among others)

7 FUTURE’S FUTURE - May 2012, 8 pm Speakers: To be announced

For the full program, more information on the topics, speakers, and ticket sales, as well as information regarding the workshops, please visit our website facingforward.nl. Also follow us Facebook.