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Narratives of a Near Future


Thursday 14 December 2017
Friday 15 December 2017

New Campus HEAD
Building H, Le Cube
Avenue de Châtelaine 5
1203 Genève




For its 10th anniversary, HEAD – Genève is hosting the International Conference Narratives of a Near Future  which addresses the challenges that the next generation will have to meet by crossing, in an innovative way, viewpoints of artists, designers and scholars.


Conceived as a real forum, Narratives of a Near Future  features talks, screenings, performances and exhibition spaces in the New campus buildings. How do artists, designers and scholars see the future? Arguing for a transdisciplinary approach, the programme of Narratives of a Near Future revolves around four central themes.

Rewind Forward examines our relationship with the past, the present and the future from a methodological and ontological point of view.
Inhabit the Anthropocene explores the current and future relations between human and their environment, the challenges posed by the saving of natural resources, migratory movements and changes in technology.
Decoding/Recoding focuses on the future changes in the economy, knowledge and forms of both intelligence and control related to the widespread digitization.
Collective Super Egos tackles body issues: its hybridisations with technologies, its representations and its more and more fluid identities.


Online booking here

Conferences in English and in French with simultaneous translations.

Thursday, December 14
9h00 — 13h00 Rewind Forward

Mark Wigley
Architect, author, professor and dean emeritus at Columbia GSAPP – NZ/US
Marguerite Humeau Artist, researcher — FR/UK
Liam Young Architect, filmmaker — AU/UK
Aliocha Imhoff, Kantuta Quirós Artists, researchers, curators, founders Le peuple qui manque — FR
Mathieu Triclot Philosopher, lecturer at Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard — FR

14h00 –– 19h00 Inhabit the Anthropocene

Baptiste Morizot Philosopher, lecturer in Philosophy at the Université d’Aix-Marseille — FR
Marie Velardi Artist, researcher — CH
Oliver Ressler Artist, filmmaker — AT
Metahaven Designers collective — NL
Jussi Parikka Writer, media theorist, professor in technological culture & aesthetics at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton — UK/FIN
Vanessa Lorenzo Designer — ES/CH
Kodwo Eshun Artist, theorist, lecturer in Aural and Visual Culture at Goldsmith — UK
J.G. Biberkopf Artist — LT/NL
Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige Filmmakers, photographs, artists — LB
Luc Schuiten Architect, author — BE

Friday, December 15
9h00 — 13h00 Decoding/Recoding

Kevin Slavin
Chief science and technology officer The Shed — US
Cécile B. Evans Artist, researcher — UK
Dan Hill  Designer, urbanist — UK
Korakrit Arunanondchai Artiste, filmmaker  — TH/US
Yves Citton Writer, literature professor Université de Grenoble— FR
Lauren Huret Artist — CH
Michael Hansmeyer Architect — CH

14h00 — 18h00 Collective Super Egos

Olaf Blanke Founding director Center for Neuroprosthetics, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL — CH
Ying Gao Fashion designer, professor UQÀM — CA
Thomas Thwaites Designer, chercheur Rhode Island School of Design — UK/US
Joanna Berzowska Professeure, directrice de recherche Design and Computation Art, XS Labs Concordia University — CA
Arne Hendriks Artist, researcher — NL


Online booking here

1 day CHF 100.- regular / CHF 30.- reduced* 

2 days CHF 150.- regular / CHF 50.- reduced*
Lunch included

*(student, unemployed, senior)

For HES-SO students, professors and collaborators
Free of charge, lunch included –
online subscription here


In partnership with Le Temps

General Coordination for the Conference

Delphine Jeanneret
T +41 22 546 23 43
M +41 79 212 73 63


Contact Presse

Pierre-Yves Walder

Communications & Media Relations for the Conference
M +41 78 836 72 39

Haute école d’art et de design – Genève

Geneva School of Art and Design
Bd James-Fazy 15, CH-1201 Genève

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