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Future Focus: Fragile Worlds I

Thu 10th September, 11:00 - 12:30 BST, hosted online

A two-part event taking place as part of Ars Electronica 2020 In Kepler’s Gardens, a global journey mapping the “new” world.

Future Focus: Fragile Worlds was a two-part event that took place as part of Ars Electronica 2020 In Kepler’s Gardens, a global journey mapping the “new” world. We joined a community of organisations from North to South forming a UK Garden as part of this year’s Ars Electronica 2020 festival, the Garden of Earthly Delights (after the homonymous Hieronymous Bosch painting).

Inspired by the Ars Electronica 2020 meta-topics of ecology, democracy, uncertainty, humanity, reality, and autonomy, and ideas behind the Bosch painting, the UK Garden of Earthly Delights interrogates the moment we are now in, as humanity is in the middle of a long term pandemic, global recession and mass unemployment, but also in an ongoing environmental crisis, inequality and the spread of division and fascism.

Our event, Fragile Worlds, brought together STARTS Prize winners, associate artists, as well as partners and collaborators to present an online two-part programme of art practices tours and conversations. The presentations and discussions that followed explored ideas of present and future ecologies and systems, from environmental change and sustainability to technologically driven worlds, but also their possible restoration and rewilding.

Future Focus: Fragile Worlds I – YouTube stream


A virtual studio tour and conversation with artists sharing work, and engaging with and responding to environmental change. An exploration of how stories of a changing landscape are communicated through nature and other species.

Invisible Flock, arts studio
Kasia Molga, artist
Dr. Joanne Tippett, Lecturer in Spatial Planning, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, founder of Ketso and co-creator of RoundView

Introduced by Irini Papadimitriou

Future Focus is FutureEverything’s new online space of critical conversations, talks and debates, as well as cross-sector exchange, networking and collaboration.

From panels, performative talks and workshops to roundtable conversations, industry meetings, mentoring and artists’ advice, Future Focus will develop around curated themes and flexible, experimental formats inviting our creative community, partners, collaborators, colleagues, friends and anyone else to join us, connect, share work and explore future collaborations.

The Covid-19 pandemic – apart from devastating communities and putting everything on hold – has highlighted the fragility of our society, environment and living beings, and the urgent need for changing our actions. The aim of this new space is to explore ideas for a kinder, more considerate future world, to offer inspiration, support and feedback, but also enable exciting new links, creative cross-pollination and critical discourse at challenging times.