Future Innovators Summit 2019 at 2019 Ars Electronica Festival / September 5-9
In 2019 I had to honor to be selected as one of the 15 participants for the Future Innovators Summit, held at Ars Electronica Festival, for the "Future Body Group".
Under the theme of the 40th Ars Electronica Festival “Out of The Box – the Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution”, FIS2019 tackled a “Box” of entrenched problems in highly digitalized society, raised questions about things that were taken for granted, and develop a scenario for a better future to free ourselves from the “Box.”
The Future Innovators, Art Thinkers, dove deep into the following three main topics of FIS2019 at the Ars Electronica Festival: Future Trust, Humanity and Body.
Future Innovators Summit (FIS) is a special and comprehensive workshop format within the Ars Electronica Art Thinking School program. Future Innovators from different cultures and backgrounds and from different fields – such as artists, designers, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, social activists and philosophers – will gather at the Ars Electronica Festival to explore new ways of collective brainstorming on the crucial questions for humanity, and to create future scenarios. This workshop, jointly developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab and Hakuhodo – a leading communication design firm in Japan – offers time and space to think, and aims to look for the ultimate Creative Question which will lead us to think about Missions for Tomorrow, rather than merely finding solutions for problems of today.
Future Innovators + Mentors + Facilitators
The brief for the Future Body group:
The body is an “Organic BOX” that confines the human mind, brain, and internal organs throughout life.
The digital revolution opened up new possibilities for transcending our physical presence, which led us to create modern technology of telecommunications or human augmentation. The evolution of biotechnology brought a whole new dimension to Life Science, blurring boundaries between natural and artificial life forms. It is altering the definition of our body, as well as our views of life and death.
When the world becomes a hybrid of organic and secondary nature, how do humans create a new culture, fashion, and lifestyles? Does our spirit still reside in our physical body? Or does it transform into a ghost freed from natural laws, and travel in space at the speed of light?
How do we find meaning in BODY in the 21st century?