Newsletter February 2019

Is this a future…?

Possible futures are not set in stone. Today’s creativity and breakthrough sustainability-oriented and socially-inclusive thinking have the capacity to shape them.
As technology, the digital and the physical intersect, affecting our lives and societies in ways previously unthought-of, our thinking and approach to reality must be future-proof, too. 

Here is an upshot of an increasingly digitally networked and co-created prospect, ranging from fashion to heritage, to diplomacy.

What does it take, for producers and consumers, to bring to the fore water-conscious fashion?

With its enormous ecological footprint, fashion needs to set the trend for a systemic change in how textiles are conceived, produced, worn, as well as recycled and up-cycled.To investigate how to unlock the sustainability potential of the hugely persuasive fashion industry, on 16thJanuary 2019 we curated Embassy Lab Water Conscious Fashion in the context of NEONYT Fashion Fair.

What could future heritage (sites) look, feel, sound like, and how could their digitally enriched features affect memory-making processes? 
 
Deep Space is a long-term investigative program to deal with memory politics, controversial monuments and heritage. It conveys our multi-faceted, trans-disciplinary commitment to transformative inquiry on future heritage.
 
The lecture Future Heritage at the Szenografie Colloquium at DASA Dortmund on 24thJanuary 2019 has addressed the future of museums.
 
On 25thJanuary 2019 we presented Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos in the context of TRACES Contentious Objects/Ashamed Subjects exhibition at Politecnico di Milano School of Architecture.
 
With the lecture Deep Space: Memory Politics in the Digital Age  at transmediale Berlin, on 3rd February 2019, we will focus on the strongly emotionally charged memory politics of Valle de los Caídos in Spain and on the re-signification of this Francoist site—one of the world’s most controversial monuments.

How can increasingly pervasive and autonomous digital innovations inform diplomacy?

With the workshop “Cross-Over Diplomacy Lab” at the Diplomacy Camp in Brussels on 7th February 2019, we will speculate on possible diplomacy applications by projecting onto diplomacy innovative digital solutions from numerous fields.

Transferring ideas from one field to another is an acknowledged innovation method. Uprooting concepts and tools from their original context and applying them elsewhere allows for outside-the-box adaptive thinking and previously unthought-of hybrid solutions.

As digitalization is the common denominator that nowadays brings about major changes in almost all fields, the ‘transfer’ of digital innovation concepts could optimally promote innovative creative thinking processes.