This year's edition of Digital Cultures: Imagined Futures will be held online between the 17th and the 25th of October in a new festival format.
How has culture (including pop culture) imagined the future? Which of the visions from the past have come true and become part of the present day? We will talk not only about the past, but also look into the future, and discuss the directions we’re headed after the pandemic.
Aiming to engage our audiences, Digital Cultures: Imagined Futures comprises not only discussion panels, presentations and Q&A sessions, but also interactive workshops with experts, online film screenings on the NINATEKA platform and talks with creators (including the director of The Internet of Everything - Brett Gaylor), as well as a contemplative audio programme, tailored to the user’s needs.
The programme of the event will be divided into three themes, each an interpretation of the main topic:
HOPES - a reflection on the widespread disappointment related to technology and progress. The aim is to initiate an in-depth discussion on lessons learned and how our failures can help us plan the future.
HUMAN NON HUMAN - in the era of fast developing technologies such as AI, the line between what is human and what is not human is increasingly blurred. Culture and art come to the rescue, allowing us to understand the new achievements of technology.
CRISIS - are we entering an era of a new crisis? Are the events from the last few months only a cause for concern, or will they also help us reflect on the present shape of our fast-paced world? Have we come closer to nature, and limited our consumption thanks to the forced behavioural change? CRISIS is a block that offers a chance to discuss what the pandemic has taught us and the strategies adopted by institutions and artists in this new context.
Organiser: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza
Strategic Partner: The Ministry of Digital Affairs
Main Media Partner: Holo Magazine and Creative Applications