The re:future Lab is an experimental laboratory, project space and think tank for contemporary art and speculative futures, founded and curated by Madeleine Schwinge.
It provides a platform for transdisciplinary research to explore pioneering future protagonists in various fields of mutation, and to promote new narratives for positive future utopias.
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More than ever, we need the transformational power of art as a signpost into new spaces of possibility
We explore contemporary art, society, and influential disciplines for promising future protagonists and change already unfolding.
We provide a platform for inspiration, knowledge transfer, new narratives and positive future utopias to foster individual and social transformation.
We engage in transdisciplinary discussions with artists, people working in the arts and culture, designers, architects, philosophers, sociologists, natural scientists, engineers, economists, and technology pioneers about groundbreaking ideas, inventive solutions, and cutting-edge research.
We encourage people to expand their perception of reality, open up new spaces for thought and action, and design speculative future scenarios for a better tomorrow.
Our activities can be experienced through art exhibitions, lectures, discussions, interviews, essays, editions, special events, art-in-context concepts, and a tutoring and workshop program.
There can be no doubt we live in times of epochal shifts, at the transition to a post-industrial digital society and at the dawn of the Anthropocene. We are witnessing political, economic and social crises and only start to realise the effects our modern industrial societies have on climate change.
More and more our lives will be determined by artificial intelligence and algorithms - what does it mean to be 'human'? What will be our future - Earth, Humankind, and ourselves? How do we prepare for the upcoming changes and how do we find solutions for the big challenges that we face socially and personally?
At the re:future Lab we believe that art can provide a valuable contribution to the necessary transformations. The presented artists, whether established or emerging, share a certain kinship on focussing the crucial issues of our time. Each of them is capable of challenging our habitual ways of thinking and shifting our attention to critical future subjects.
a re:future Lab feature-edition
EMBARK! is an editorial project by Madeleine Schwinge and published by re:future Lab.
Madeleine Schwinge and her team at re:future Lab research contemporary artists and pioneering future protagonists who touch on pressing issues of the 21st century and are bold and innovative in their respective fields.
Common parentheses of the interviews are five identical questions about the broader potential role of contemporary art, the effect of narrative in critical times, the generative power of cross-disciplinarity, positive utopias, and personal strategies of creation.
Madeleine Schwinges core thesis is that today more than ever we need key competencies of artistic approach, such as curiosity, willingness to take risks, sensitive perception, ability to associate, resilience, self-efficacy and ability to cooperate, to constructively master the immense upheavals and challenges of our epoch.
The interview project extracts similarities and significant differences in the attitudes of an era-defining elite, and aims to provoke the reader's own reflections and impetus for change.
So far, more than thirty interviews have been realized with protagonists from Berlin, Paris, London, Vienna, Los Angeles and New York.
The series is produced in the form of an online magazine and will also be published in book form at a later date.
According to the leitmotif EMBARKING FUTURE, the re:future Lab presents all its exhibitions and accompanying activities as episodes on a narrative stream.
In a diverse program of lectures, talks, panels, artist talks, conferences, guided tours, and special events, artists and future agents from a wide range of disciplines discuss and boldly explore new scenarios and paths for a better future with an open mind.
Knowledge tranfer / Open incubator
In a time of unprecedented uncertainty, many of us are searching for understanding and orientation. Changes in the outside world inevitably lead to distortions in our inner world.
New terms like digitalization, post-charbon society, smart cities, new work, lifelong learning or multibiographies describe major societal megatrends - but what does all this mean on a very personal level?
The re:future Lab incubator program sets out where change begins: with the individual. Madeleine Schwinge developed a practical method that combines artistic approaches and curatorial work methods with design thinking and strategic planning. Whether in an exhibition, an artist's studio, a gallery, or a museum - whether one-on-one, in group workshops, or in webinars - in each case, the process is always about resolving very in-person issues and outlining a distinct map of a life that is perceived as meaningful and fulfilling, in today's world and for the future.
A re:future Lab Essays-Edition
Art means above all discourse and critical reflection on contemporary issues. In this spirit, the re:future Lab publishes a series of essays on relevant time-related topics.
Authors are, besides Madeleine Schwinge, members of the re:future Lab Advisory Board and selected artists and future protagonists.
Each essay highlights a particular concept, model, or much-discussed approach and examines their suitability for shaping a better tomorrow from the perspective of positive narratives for human, sustainable futures.
Renting and event hosting
Besides its own programming, the re:future Lab hosts events and rents out its spaces for events, photo and film productions, readings, concerts and more - on condition that they reflect the ethos of the re:future Lab or are inspired by people we work with and the stories we tell.
The re:future Lab is located in the Spreehalle in Oberschöneweide, an ensemble of buildings literally located on the Spree river in southeast Berlin. In this area renowned artists, creative and cultural workers come together. Exhibitions, galleries and concerts attract a wide audience and fill the historic industrial area with new life.
A perfect environment for future-oriented projects: The Spreehalle is part of a building complex that was built in 1910 as AEG's transformer factory by star architects such as Peter Behrens. It was renovated and modernized by the award-winning London-based architectural bureau FeildenCleggBradleyStudios in collaboration with the musician and photographer Bryan Adams. For its successful combination of history and modernity, the Spreehalle 2018 received the Otto Borst Prize for Urban Renewal and was nominated for the BDA Architecture Audience Award. Since then, the project has been featured in numerous international publications, including Wallpaper* magazine.
In 2020, Madeleine Schwinge purchased a 160 square meter concrete shell there and commissioned the Danish architect Sigurd Larsen with the interior design. The design concept was jointly planned with Sigurd Larsen Design&Architecture Madeleine Schwinge to merge her artist studio and the newly founded re:future Lab under one roof. It now forms a perfect unit for studio, research, office, exhibition, workshop and event zones and convincingly reflects the forward-thinking approach of the both operational areas.
Founder / Director
Head of Curation
Madeleine Schwinge is a conceptual artist, curator, author and mentor focusing on identity and transformation.
She studied art history (Freie Universität Berlin) and curation (Universität der Künste Berlin), has been tutored by distinguished artists and was nominated for The Social Art Award 2019.
She is renowned as the founder of 'The Psychedelic Chicks', a rock band and art series, that can be seen as a manifesto for sustainable change.
On the basis of a diploma in economic sciences, she worked as a strategic planner and brand manager, conducted training programs and was invited as a speaker at a number of congresses.
For a decade she accompanied the transformation researcher and political scientist Dr. Petra Bock in the contruction of a theory and award-winning method in the field of mindsets and human behavior.
She anchors her multidisciplinary approach to work in an understanding of a metamodern art logic that oscillates between informed naivety and pragmatic idealism, pursuing an impossible possibility.
In 2020 she founded the re:future Lab with the aim of exploring how art in its form as a conceptual medium of thought and in dialogue with other disciplines can foster knowledge transfer, innovation and social change.
Executive Board Member
Cécile Nebbot is a communications expert.
She holds a Master's degree in economics and communication sciences and has extensive experience in brand communication, brand content strategies, corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion.
She has been working for a leading international consultancy based in Paris for over a decade. She develops and is responsible for global communication strategies and projects in the field of internal corporate communication as well as concepts for corporate events.
She was born in Marseille and worked in London for a while before settling in Paris. However, some time ago she quite unexpectedly became captivated by the raw charm and diversity of Berlin and made the creative hub her extended sphere of activity.
Cécile is well-versed in socio-economic theories. Brutalist and functionalist architecture, experimental rock and free jazz deeply nourish her imagination. She is highly influenced by 20th-century philosophy and art.
Her singular affinity for contemporary dance often leads her to quote Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker:
"A dancer is a musical instrument with its own sonority and colour".
Anna K. Wlach
Assistant Project Management
Anna K. Wlach holds a Bachelor's degree in Art and Media Studies and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Literature and Visual Arts at the University of Potsdam.
Her range of experience includes activities in curatorial assistance, mediation, project coordination and research in renowned institutions (MMK Frankfurt, Salon Berlin of the Museum Frieder Burda), in off-spaces (Atelierfrankfurt) as well as assistantships and lectures with outstanding figures in the art world such as Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer (MMK Frankfurt), Rein Wolfs (Stedelijk Museums Amsterdam), Prof. Dr. Gertrud Lehnert (University of Potsdam) and Prof. Dr. Sigrid Hofer (University of Marburg).
Anna supports the re:future Lab in research, in the area of publications and in the creation and organization of exhibitions and projects in the accompanying program.
Independant Curator / Author
Jan-Philipp is an internationally recognized expert in the medium of drawing.
He founded his own gallery, Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, in 2003 - the first gallery in Germany at the time, which was exclusively dedicated to the medium of drawing. After a decade of pioneering work and the continuous endeavor to combine the commercial gallery business with the discursive-theoretical, the followed by the establishment of the nonprofit platform The Drawing Hub, which, as a nomadic structure, conducts international projects to promote and research drawing.
He is regular guest tutor at the University of West England in Bristol and the Paris Collage of Art. Most recently he has curated the group show Before the Dust settles in Berlin for the gallery FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph.
Jovana is a multimedia conceptual artist and doctoral candidate in art and anthropology at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, dealing with questions of human existence, on transience and phenomena of socialization, identity, territory, memory and oblivion.
In 2006 she received the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Scholarship and later the President’s Prize toward her master’s degree under Rebecca Horn at the Universität der Künste-Berlin.
Jovana is founding member (2020) of STADTMASCHINE KUNST, a visual platform between science and society that aims to make scientific researches accessible to a non-scientific public through the visual arts.
Art historian / Business Strategist
Nina Horstmann has a dual background in art history and environmental studies, both of which have been big part of her career to this point.
She owns a unique blend of expertise in art & science collaborations and strategic programme-leading across multiple disciplines with a keen interest in sustainability; skills she implements daily at the Hybrid Plattform – an initiative by the Technische Universität Berlin and the University of the Arts Berlin.
Nina is passionate about leading change by building new networks, facilitating co-creation, mobilising people and stakeholders and shaping of new and exciting transformative programmes.
Medical Laboratory Advisor
Sonia Guiramand holds a PhD in Pharmacy and is a Medical Laboratory Advisor.
After managing her own medical laboratory in Paris for more than a decade, she obtained a Master's degree at Sciences Po on the management of health structures and health policy issues.
Today, Sonia is a Laboratory Referent within the NGO Doctors Without Borders and carries out field missions in conflict zones (Yemen, Mali, etc.). She conducts diagnostics and clinical tests (HIV-1, hepatitis C, tuberculosis), working with political decision-makers, professionals from national control programs and practitioners. She is a member of medical communities (Global Health Diagnostics, HIV Treatment & Prevention, Malaria Treatment & Prevention), and contributes to scientific publications and conferences.
On a personal level, Sonia is an art lover and art collector with a strong focus on contemporary art and photography dealing with social issues. Peter Beard is among her references, as well as the Carmignac Foundation in Porquerolles in the South of France, not far from her summer home.
Architect & Designer
Danish architect and designer, based in Berlin.
His studio Sigurd Larsen Design & Architecture was founded in 2010 and has completed projects within the fields of housing, hotel, educational and cultural buildings.
Sigurd holds a master degree from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen and previously been employed at OMA-Rem Koolhaas in New York, MVRDV in Rotterdam and COBE in Copenhagen.
He is an expert in sustainable urban development, aesthetics of complex spaces, and wooden constructions in various climatic conditions and legal contexts.
Since 2016, he is professor at BAU International Berlin, where building design and visual communication is explored through teaching and research.
Curator / Project Manager
Peggy Schoenegge is an independent curator, writer and project manager at peer to space as well as chairwoman of the media art association in Berlin. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Art History by Humboldt-University Berlin and Technical University Berlin and spent a year at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (JP). Her work deals with the conditions and challenges of digitalization and its effects on our everyday life, society and culture. Specifically, she addresses gender, performance, and artificial intelligence by curating digital art, internet art and art with new media such as VR or AR in both real and virtual exhibition spaces. She gives lectures and participates in panel discussions internationally at conferences and events such as the VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival, WISE Conference or for the Goethe-Institute. Currently she teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in expanded reality.
Selected curatorial projects include SPECULATIVE CULTURES. A Virtual Reality Art Exhibition (Parsons Gallery/ New School, New York), TOUCHING FROM A DISTANCE. Transmediations in the Digital Age (Literaturhaus Berlin), PENDORAN VINCI. Art & Artificial Intelligence Today (NRW Forum, Düsseldorf) as well as the online exhibitions CAT HEROICUS SUBLIMIS, Claiming Needles and Mirror, Mirror as part of peer to space’s online screening series PARS PRO TOTO.
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