Updates 2019

News and Updates for the Coming Year

As 2018 is coming to a close, we’re happy to announce a few exciting updates for the coming year. First, Forecast has a new institutional partner: starting in 2019, the Forecast Forum and the Forecast Festival will take place at Radialsystem, Berlin’s interdisciplinary space for art and ideas on the banks of the river Spree. … Continued

It's a Wrap!

  The third edition of Forecast has come to an end, culminating in the two-day Forecast Festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt on October 12–13. The event also marked the close of a fruitful three-year partnership with the HKW; Forecast’s next edition will take place at the new partner institution in Berlin, Radialsystem. Greeted … Continued
Forecast Festival, October 12—13

Immerse yourself in six cutting-edge projects

The third edition of the Forecast Festival presents six pioneering projects created and developed by emerging practitioners along with their mentors.     Friday, October 12 6 pm Opening 6:30 pm Eglė Budvytytė Shakers, Lovers, Bystanders Performance in public space [part of Abhijan Toto‘s The Exhaustion Project] With Sasha Amaya, Alexander Blum Bertelsen, Johanna Faber, Zoe Goldstein, … Continued
Collaboration with Future Architecture Platform

RESOLVE: "Off Grid"

As a member of the European initiative Future Architecture Platform, Forecast has invited the design collective RESOLVE to contribute its participatory project Off Grid to the Forecast Festival. Investigating how migration and division shape our cities, Off Grid presents a moving space that playfully responds to the austere mathematical models explaining human separation. Their project … Continued
Beyond Radio

Julia E Dyck: "Frequency Interference"

During the Forecast Festival, Montréal-based musician and radio producer Julia E Dyck will invite listeners to immerse themselves in a live sci-fi drama in five acts, which is broadcast from the space-age building of the HKW. The multichannel piece will blend the distinctive voices of different characters, and include the internal monologues of a spaceship, the … Continued
Living Matter

Saverio Cantoni: "Organism 518400"

  Welcome. Make yourself comfortable. What’s a comfort zone? Does your comfort level depend on access to high‑speed WiFi?There is no WiFi here. FORGIVE-US. What brought you here? Did you see the flags? Or maybe you noticed the infrared painting at the entrance? Of course not, how could you? What’s Living Matter? Are you also … Continued

MIIIN: "A Music Report on the Human Species: Beyond Extinction"

At the forecast Festival, the Seoul-based musician MIIIN will perform a live score of tracks, titled A Music Report on the Human Species: Beyond Extinction, that sonically depict historical events. She envisions the composition as a warning addressed at a future intelligent being to not repeat the mistakes of the human race. For the visual layer of … Continued
Moving Image

Omar A. Chowdhury: "Augustijn"

Augustijn is the title of a multichannel installation by artist Omar A. Chowdhury, based on his real-life chance encounter with a young Belgian man called Stijn, short for Augustijn, and the relationship the two have developed since then. The charismatic Stijn is a recent convert to Islam, and his devotion comes to the fore when … Continued

Abhijan Toto: "The Exhaustion Project"

In the weeks following the Forecast Forum, Kolkata-based curator Abhijan Toto and his mentor, David Elliott, defined the main themes that run through Toto’s ongoing curatorial investigations in The Exhaustion Project. Each of the artists included in the latest iteration of the project devised by Toto, and which will be on view during the Forecast … Continued
Invasive Design

Commonplace Studio: "Backchannel Tools"

  In mid-July, Canadian-born designer Jon Stam, who is one half of the Amsterdam-based practice Commonplace Studio, traveled to the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Applied Arts) in Dresden to work with his mentor Tulga Beyerle, the museum’s director, on ways in which design can invade the collection. Gaining access to the museum’s storage rooms, Stam was … Continued
New interdisciplinary collaboration

Housing the Human

Forecast is pleased to announce the kickoff of Housing the Human, a collaborative interdisciplinary project involving leading European institutions and organizations that revolves around the question what might it mean to house the human—today and in the future. Housing the Human focuses on developing methods for practical futurology—a semantic paradox that the project seeks to … Continued
Six mentees

Congratulations to the six mentees of the 2018 edition

From May 7 to May 12, Forecast and Haus der Kulturen der Welt welcomed 18 artists, musicians, producers, and collectives to the Forecast Forum, an intensive four days of workshops with their mentors, followed by two days of public presentations and discussions. At the end of the action-packed public weekend, the mentors each selected one … Continued
Beyond Radio

Dealing with Communication and Legibility, Translation, and Displacement

Radio producer and curator Peter Meanwell is the mentor in the category Beyond Radio, which he describes as being “about considering the notion of transmission and broadcast, but freed from the constraints of traditional radio infrastructures.” “We think of radio as the news that comes out of the box in the kitchen,” he adds, “and … Continued

Not Just about Seeing

Curator David Elliott defined the category of his mentoring at Forecast as Looking. Why? “Looking is an active verb,” he explains. “It’s not just about seeing—it implies a ‘for.’ What is this ‘for’ and what does it have to do with art? This is the subject of my mentorship.” Through art and artistic practices, the … Continued

Expanding the Idea of What Composition Can Be

For musician and mentor Holly Herndon, the category Composition refers to time-based work either in the form of documentation/recorded media, performance, or a combination thereof. “My primary focus concerns, but is not limited to, sound,” she says. She selected the three projects that will be presented at the Forecast Forum for their ability to reflect … Continued
Invasive Design

Inquiries into Alternative Futures

Design curator and museum director Tulga Beyerle borrowed the term Invasive Design from Robert Stadler, the designer who coined it, to define her mentorship’s topic. “[Invasive Design] describes how design is not always as clear, functional, or positive as it pretends to be” she says. “My particular interest is to ask what design can do … Continued
Living Matter

Working with a Material in an Unpredictable Way

Artist Laura Lima often uses immaterial phenomena and living matter as the basis of her artworks. She also defined the category of her mentorship at Forecast as Living Matter, explaining that “living matter can be an idea, inanimate material; or it can also be fiction, a philosophical matter, an invention, a new possibility of working … Continued
Moving Image

A Parallel World with Its Own Logic and Contradictions

Artist and filmmaker Omer Fast explains how he chose the three candidates for the Forecast mentorship program out of dozens of applicants: “I understand moving image in the broadest possible way, encompassing everything between live performance and film. The three artists I requested to work with all had strong work; each project can open a … Continued

Forecast Forum

Forecast is an international platform that promotes experimentation with pioneering ideas through mentorships in the fields of art, design, music, dance, architecture, curatorial practices, and beyond. At the Forecast Forum, 18 projects by this year’s participants will be presented to the public during an action-packed weekend at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. At the … Continued
Forum’s Shortlist

Forecast Announces the Candidates for Its 2018 Edition

Forecast is pleased to announce the participants in this year’s edition of the Forecast Forum. A total of 18 projects have been selected out of more than 390 applications from around the world. The six distinguished mentors of Forecast’s third iteration have each chosen three projects that they will accompany in the upcoming months, culminating … Continued
Open Call

The call for proposals is closed

Innovators from around the world, working in a vast variety of disciplines, were asked to submit their project ideas to Forecast. More than 393 applicants from over 200 cities responded to the international Open Call and submitted their proposals to one of the six mentors. The range of applications has again exceeded all expectations, showing … Continued
Open Call

Shape the Future: Apply Today

The call for proposals for Forecast’s third edition is now online. The Forecast process is one of mutual engagement, where mentees from any country, background, and discipline can use their imaginations to tackle pressing questions. How should the future look? Six mentors, leaders in their respective fields, will support these innovators: museum director Tulga Beyerle … Continued