The arrival of the future is inevitable. But rather than postulating one monolithic vision on the future, the kick-off lecture for the four-day workshop conducted by Lukas Feireiss at Rietveld Academy’s DesignLab stresses the importance of alternative and plural potential realities. It seeks to promote divergent and pluralistic ideas, opinions, and solutions about multiple tomorrows.
Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) became the first woman to hold national office in the United States when she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916 by the state of Montana as a member of the Republican Party. She won a second House term 24 years later, in 1940.
"The real biographies are way more interesting than anything I could imagine."
"Realisim is always far from being real."
— Hito Steyerl
What is wrong are not dysfunctional childhoods or insufficiently self-aware psyches, but the set of social and cultural tensions and contradictions that have come to structure modern selves and identities.
Over these past years, Karel has taught me a lot. Some things are practical and aesthetic: for example, how he thinks about hanging a show, which is very related to how he arranges a layout on a page. Rather than hanging a show according to classical curatorial or museum approaches, he uses other structures like grids and margins, which give his installations an unusual energy and freshness.