Theme

🔮 What futures do we want to remember by 2025?

The complexity, lack of logic and apparent overwhelming nature of ‘current events’ (a.k.a. Trump, Brexit, Climate change, refugee crisis, nuclear vibes, etc) is derivating in a threatening hypernormalisation, full of contradictions, collisions and coexistence of realities, where the internet is playing an active and defining role.

“15 years ago the Internet was an escape from reality. Now reality is an escape for the Internet. We have lost the ability to be in awe of the complexity and power of real reality,” acclaimed director Alejandro G. Iñarritu said in a recent interview.

These are modes of thinking and being occurring and mirroring simultaneously to our own to the point where it has become a chicken and egg situation. Instead of burying ourselves in a shallow wormhole, new perspectives, on macro and micro levels, outside and within these systems and universes can be far more effective.

But what if we use paradoxes to challenge real reality?

For IAM Weekend 18 we want to explore deeper how we can use paradoxes in the internet age, instead of feeling trapped by them, to better understand reality and be more empowered to invent collectively better futures. More specifically the next 7 years, asking a BIG question:

How do we want to live, work, eat, learn, exchange, design, dress, create, play... in 2025?

We aim to subvert paradoxes to question the status quo, challenge dominant cultural narratives, binary mindsets and structures, refreshing the meaning of subversion by stimulating fostering planetary, long-term & critical thinking/doing. In other words using the internet, instead of being used by it.

SESSIONS

The Futures of Work, Automation & Identity

We live in a world where identity has become increasingly fluid and in flux—and can even take on non-physicality. With automation and algorithms, we encounter several problems and contradictions, chiefly, the present dangerously inverted relationship between algorithms adapting to us—are we going to let algorithms define us?

Automation, Work, and Identity work in a symbiotic way and we must ask ourselves what contradictions we face in each sector individually and together.

The Futures of Design, Arts & Learning

A transdisciplinary approach to learning suits our fluid, in-flux identities as does reimagining and redesigning everything from classroom layouts to subjects to the discipline narrative in education. We must move away from consumption of education and move into critical thought and dialogue with an education system that embraces, challenges, engages, and includes students from all over the spectrum (including those with learning and mental challenges). Equally important is balancing the learning of histories with the importance of future-oriented learning.

The Futures of Commerce, Advertising & Privacy

How much monetary and political power goes into a mere click? The online monopoly triad of corporations, Facebook, Amazon, and Google present us with this major paradox of the internet: a source for decentralized power has now become majorly centralized through the influence these corporations have especially in the realm of commerce, advertising, and our clicks.

Interesting associations begin to take place when observing the connections between commerce, advertising, and privacy—the more they know about us, the less we know about them, and the more we seem to buy. A collective digital consciousness of our data footprint and metadata is needed and can be achieved through increased digital literacy, a healthy internet, and alternatives to existing business models.

The Futures of Fashion, Food & Sex

Let’s talk about sex (and fashion and food). The lack of ethicality, high consumption and hyper-capitalistic tendencies in fast food, fast fashion, and porn all call for a redesign of desires.

We need to seriously question the act of consumption, our own habits regarding it, and the inevitable continual fetishization of it, particularly within emerging economies over the next seven years. What do routine behaviors such as dressing, eating, and having sex look like in a post-capitalist 2025?

The Futures of the Planet, Power and Reality

Dreams and dreaming makes us human, but what is it that we dream of? More importantly, why?

Let’s challenge our collective dreams and the dominant narratives surrounding them. Let’s not only dream of going beyond the limits that our political systems place, but work to change these limits and push for new systems of policy making and politics globally. Planetary thought and action is desperately needed with the onset of climate change and ever-rising threat to our oceans—political problems that are far from natural (disasters) and are very much man-made. It’s high time that we ditch the dream of escaping to colonize other planets in outer space and focus on saving our own.

Dreams often place us in realities outside of our own real realities. However, it is equally important to be aware of the real reality that surrounds us just as it is to be conscious of how our dreams come to be. Today’s real reality consists of a lot of imagination and hyper normal reality at play when it comes to CGI, completely shifting what constituted the “real” in real reality. What should constitute our dream and future real reality? And can sci-fi finally move beyond asking if android dream of electric sheep and ask better, more relevant questions?

IAM Weekend 18: The Subversion of Paradoxes #IAMW18 (Teaser) from Internet Age Media on Vimeo.

Speakers

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang

Digital Minister of Taiwan

Taipei

Pinar Yoldas

Pinar Yoldas

Infradisciplinary designer / artist / researcher

San Diego

Ingrid LaFleur

Ingrid LaFleur

Founder of AFROTOPIA, and former candidate for mayor of Detroit

Detroit

Marie McPartlin

Marie McPartlin

Director, Somerset House Studios

London

Katarzyna Szymielewicz

Katarzyna Szymielewicz

Co-founder & President, Panoptykon Foundation

Warsaw

Elijah

Elijah

Associate Artistic Director, Lighthouse

Brighton

Alan Warburton

Alan Warburton

Indie CGI Artist

London

Dan Ramsden

Dan Ramsden

Creative Director for UX architecture & Design Research, BBC

Sheffield

Kate Coughlan

Kate Coughlan

Head of Planning, BBC Design & Engineering & BBC News

London

Marina Dragzilla

Marina Dragzilla

Designer

Brasil / Barcelona

Dr. Charlotte Webb

Dr. Charlotte Webb

Digital Learning Coordinator at University of the Arts London, and Chief Leopard of Feminist Internet

London

LaTurbo Avedon

LaTurbo Avedon

Avatar artist and curator

Internet

Robert Walker

Robert Walker

Designer & Artist

London

Juliette Lizotte

Juliette Lizotte

Co-founder, Goys & Birls

Amsterdam

Kelani Nichole

Kelani Nichole

Founder, TRANSFER Gallery & Director, The Current

New York

Thibaut Thomas

Thibaut Thomas

Moderator / post-internet communication strategist

Paris

UAL Futures Studio

UAL Futures Studio

University of the Arts London (UAL)

London

Meriem Bennani

Meriem Bennani

Artist

New York

Feminist Internet

Feminist Internet

Internet Equality Collective

London / Internet

Felipe Castelblanco

Felipe Castelblanco

Founder, Para-Site School

Basel

Nahum

Nahum

Founder, KOSMICA Institute

Berlin

Francisco Carballo

Francisco Carballo

Deputy Director of The Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

London

Monika Bielskyte

Monika Bielskyte

Futurist and Co-founder at AFE -ALLFUTUREEVERYTHING

Nomad

Ian Ardouin-Fumat

Ian Ardouin-Fumat

Technologist / Independent

New York

More TBA soon

More TBA soon

Stay tuned!

Programme

20+ Talks. 10+ Workshops. ∞ Serendipity

Check the schedule below for information about dates and venues.
New details, changes, and other important announcements will be sent via email only to ticket holders.

TRAVEL TIP
We recommend booking flights to arrive on Thursday, April 26th (early afternoon) and leave on Sunday April 29th (late afternoon).

📢 UPDATE: We'll have a warm-up meetup on Thursday 26/4 (17-20h) courtesy of our learning partners at ELISAVA, co-organisers of the 'Design Does' exhibition at the Barcelona Design Museum . Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37 More info: designdoes.es

Friday

27/4

10:00 – 11:00

Registration

Main Hall – AXA Auditorium

11:00 – 13:00

Opening Ceremony

🎤 Welcome GIF-speech by
Andres Colmenares, co-founder, IAM

The Subversion of Paradoxes ft.
🔹 Monika Bielskyte)
🔹Audrey Tang

Level 1 – AXA Auditorium

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break

Playground – AXA Auditorium

14:30 – 16:00

BEYOND–ALGORITHMS

The Futures of Work, Automation & Identity

Talks by
🔹Meriem Bennani🔹Rob Walker🔹LaTurbo Avedon🔹Kate Coughlan & Dan Ramsden, BBC

Level 1 – AXA Auditorium

16:00 – 17:00

Notworking Break

A very human game x IAM & Random Happiness

Playground – AXA Auditorium

17:00 – 19:30

BEYOND–DISCIPLINES

The Futures of Arts, Design & Learning

Talks by
🔹Pinar Yoldas🔹 Felipe Castelblanco & Francisco Carballo / Para-Site School🔹IAM x UAL Futures Studio 2030

Panel conversation ft.
🔹Kelani Nichole / The Current Museum of Art🔹Marie McPartlin / Somerset House Studios🔹Elijah / Lighthouse

Level 1 – AXA Auditorium

20:30 – 23:50

Friday Night meetup

FIU House
Carrer del Carme, 42 (Raval)

Saturday

28/4

10:00 – 12:30

In Randomness We Trust (Part I)

A mini unconference experiment

WIN ROOM - Level 0 – AXA Auditorium

10:00 – 12:30

Screenings

🎥 'Общая задача / Common Task' x Circumflex Studio
🎥 'Sinofuturism (1839 - 2046 AD)' x Lawrence Lek
🎥 'Tomorrow's Nipple' x Conor Rigby & Andrew Mallinson

Level 1 – AXA Auditorium

12:30 – 13:30

BEYOND–CLICKS

The Futures of Commerce, Advertising & Privacy

Talks & Panel conversation by
🔹Ian Ardouin-Fumat🔹Katarzyna Szymielewicz / Panoptykon Foundation

Level 1 – AXA Auditorium

13:30 – 15:00

Lunch Break

Playground – AXA Auditorium

15:00 – 17:00

BEYOND–DESIRES

The Futures of Fashion, Food & Sex

Talks & Panel conversation by
🔹Juliette Lizotte / Goys & Birls🔹FEMINIST INTERNET ft. Charlotte Webb, Eden Clark, Clara Finnigan, Sabrina Faramazi and special guests

Level 1 – AXA Auditorium

16:30 – 17:30

Notworking Break

A very human game x IAM & Random Happiness

Playground – AXA Auditorium

17:30 – 19:30

BEYOND–DREAMS

The Futures of the Planet, Power & Reality
Screening: 'Goodbye Uncanny Valley'
🔹Alan Warburton in conversation w/ Alexander Scholz / HOLO Magazine
🔹Special performance by Nahum / KOSMIKA Institute
🔹Talk by Ingrid LaFleur / Afrotopia
Closing Act

Level 1 – AXA Auditorium

20:30 – 00:00

Saturday Night Meetup

FIU House
Carrer del Carme, 42 (Raval)

Sunday

29/4

10:00 – 15:00

In Randomness We Trust (Part II)

Workshops, masterclasses, reading groups and Q&As by BBC, Para-site School, Goys & Birls, Rob Walker, Triggers, UAL Futures, Red Bull Basement, ELISAVA, Feminist Internet and more TBA next week :)

ELISAVA | Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
La Rambla, 30-32

Venues

Main venue: Auditori AXA

Friday & Saturday venue

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 547
08029 Barcelona, Spain
How to get there?

Sunday Venue: ELISAVA – Barcelona School of Engineering & Design

Address: La Rambla, 30-32,
08002 Barcelona, Spain
How to get there?

Who Attends

Do you trust in the randomness of the internet?

Every spring in Barcelona, IAM Weekend gathers together a unique mix of 300 influential and curious minds from diverse cultural backgrounds, roles and professions with a shared curiosity for exploring internet cultures.

If you're a designer, technologist, educator, curator, editor, strategist, researcher or anything in between, we encourage you to discover, be inspired and connect with a global IAM Family passionate about collaboration, discovering emerging talent and understanding the trends affecting the futures of media, education and the arts.


Previous Editions

IAM Weekend 17: The Renaissance of Utopias

We invite you to read the extended recap of IAM Weekend 17 on the IAM Journal.

Also check out the reviews published by our media partners CRACK Magazine / LS:N Global, guest speakers and attendees.

IAM Weekend 16: From Complexity to Emergence

IAM Weekend 15: The Evolution of Internet As Culture(s)

IAM Weekend 15 - Event Recap Video #IAM2015 from Internet Age Media on Vimeo.

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