Critical Optimism and Positive Futurism
‘The best way to predict the future is to create it’, is the (working) title of our programme for the coming years. The programme is a critical optimistic exploration into positive futurism and the role that artists and technology can play in this.
Imagining the future is one of the most difficult things there is. What we (think we) know is the past, and we often look to the future with the same perspective. In confusing times, we like to flee into the illusion of an era in which the world seemed clearer, safer and friendlier. Conservatism seems to be the answer to questions that are too big and changes that are taking place too fast. Whoever dares to dream of a better world for everyone is quickly seen as a naive idealist. Fear of the future is understandable, but it narrows our minds and impedes our ability to explore new ways, strategies and models.
STRP is a guide into exploring the ways of being critically optimistic and looking to the future more openly and positively. We want to inspire people through presentations of current art, whereby technology plays an important role in the development and presentation processes. We also want to inform the public through tours during the conference and through the realisation of an extensive educational programme. We want to activate and stimulate people to make their own contribution to a more positive future. We stimulate the creation of new work through commissioning artists and other makers.