Our Creative Director Irini Papadimitriou has made a career as a leading curator and cultural creator with vast expertise across museums, galleries and art juries, including Prix Ars Electronica and STARTS. She draws on interdisciplinary and critical discourse to explore the impact of technology in society and culture, as well as the role of art in helping us engage with contemporary and future issues.
In the latest edition of SCENARIO Reports: Futures Shaping Arts / Art Shaping Futures, produced by The Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, Majken Overgaard & Nicklas Larsen caught up with Irini to learn about her curatorial practice, from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London to FutureEverything.
How do you see the combination of art and technology as a lens to possible futures?
Both technology and art can be quite alienating and intimidating for many people, so for me it’s about turning it around, demystifying these worlds, to enable people to critically explore and ask questions about what is happening around them. I find that it can be less daunting through art if it is presented in an accessible way for people to take part. In that sense, I believe that art and design can open doors to places that might otherwise be difficult for people to enter, such as what the future might look like. There’s a quote by Olivia Laing who wrote the book Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency that I like: ‘We’re so often told that art can’t really change anything. But I think it can. It shapes our ethical landscapes; it opens us to the interior lives of others. It is a training ground for possibility. It makes plain inequalities, and it offers other ways of living.’