Where did the (extreme) futures go? CreArt’10 Forum in Brussels

Last Thursday I spoke at the CreArt forum in Brussels, organized by CaravanCultura and their Belgian counterpart SN Consultancies. It was an excellent day (if not not take into account huge traffic jams on the way to and from Brussels 😦 ) But logistical hurdles aside, the content of the forum was great, with the speakers ranging from artists to creative NGOs, from eco-consultancies and futurologists to the EC officers. The level of the speakers was high, but the atmosphere was very informal, almost homey, and I managed to have very good conversations with quite a few interesting people during the day.

I liked the talk by Inga Cholmogorova, Dutch artist of Russian origin; I was very impressed by both her own art works and the story she presented, about the concept of ‘social sculpture’, introduced and practiced by Joseph Beuys, German artist and a great (self)transformer.

I liked the talk by Inga Cholmogorova, Dutch artist of Russian origin; I was very impressed by both her own art works and the story she presented, about the concept of ‘social sculpture’, introduced and practiced by Joseph Beuys, German artist and a great (self)transformer.

David Schreib from the European Commission’s Energy Office presented a few key risks related to the future of energy in Europe, and also a few possible scenarios (including the one most desirable, to eventually get rid of the energy-dependency from Russia). I was somewhat surprised that the possibilities of grid-less, autonomous energy solutions are not taken seriously.

I liked the way Christof van Agt, from Clingendael (Netherlands Institute of International Relations) used art piece by Mondrian and Rothko to illustrate the changes in thinking, from simplistic, almost mechanistic patters of earlier days of industrialization to much fuzzier and complex dilemmas we face today.

My own story was apparently received quite well, and ended up with a lively discussion (the fact that I was the last speaker did help too) (I need to place the slides at the SlideShare at some point, and put a link here). Only later I realized that this was the first public presentation of the Summ()n story: before it was always either one to one, or one to a few type of meetings.

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