Open Set 2016: Memories of the Future
We are pleased to announce that we have been invited to hold a day long workshop at Open Set 2016, exploring ‘Memories of the Future’:
The Dutch Graphic Design Summer School Open Set 2016 is a two-week thematic program consisting of a series of intensive one or three day workshops, symposiums and film screenings, led by Dutch and International designers, artists and researchers.
The theme of Open Set 2016 is ‘Memories of the Future,’ and exploring how the notion and perception of memory can be used to stimulate alternative approaches towards the future.
How are memory and the future connected? When we construct the future we are using the same process as when we reconstruct the past, because we can’t imagine the future in a vacuum, separate from our own experience, and cultural and historical references. We re-contextualize our previous experience (as individuals and as collectives), give it new meaning based on the conditions of a present moment, and transform it into a future possibility.
We would argue, therefore, that memory should not be seen as an archive of references or stock of information, but rather as a verb, an action, a process, that helps us reach the future. But how do we activate memory? Is memory something set by our cultural frames of reference? Or are memory and heritage, as well as the future, concepts which can be brought to a public debate?
In this context, design and art can be seen as agents, while proposing visual narratives, experiences or group actions, through which the future and memory can be observed and discussed by large audiences.