An International Platform for Pioneering Ideas
As an international platform for knowledge transfer, Forecast offers pioneers from anywhere in the world working in various disciplines the chance to work with accomplished mentors toward bringing their projects to fruition, and to present them to the public. Forecast transcends the boundaries of disciplines and genres to provide insight into creative production processes, and makes space for the questions on the minds of the next generation of trailblazers.
Accomplished Mentors Offer their Expertise
For each edition, Forecast selects six mentors of various disciplines who offer interested participants their expertise in specifying and realizing their pioneering project ideas. The following mentors are participating in the current edition of Forecast in 2018: museum director Tulga Beyerle (AUT), curator David Elliott (UK), video artist Omer Fast (ISR/GER), musician Holly Herndon (USA), artist Laura Lima (BRA), and curator and producer Peter Meanwell (UK/NOR).
From the Call for Proposals to the Forecast Festival
Forecast encourages interdisciplinary exchange and public discussion on the ideas of the future. Until December 2017, creative minds from anywhere in the world working in various disciplines had been asked to submit their proposals. 18 applicants were then invited to Berlin to discuss their ideas and present them to the public at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) during the Forecast Forum May 7-13, 2018. At the end of the Forecast Forum, each of the six mentors selected one concept to accompany to its realization. The outcomes of these collaborations will be presented October 12-13, 2018, at the Forecast Festival at the HKW.
We are in a period of profound change. New ways of thinking and creating are growing increasingly important; these, however, require space to unfold and take shape. Forecast is the embodiment of this space. Young, talented individuals from around the world can experiment with new projects in tandem with mentors, pioneering bold and groundbreaking new paths. This is why I was delighted to take on the patronage of the Forecast Festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. I greatly look forward to the results that will be presented there this fall. I wish the artists and everyone involved in their projects every success!
— Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patron of Forecast
Young artists search for inspiring experiences, whereas established artists can stall within fads. Freo Majer’s concept to let young artists design the future under the mentorship of more established peers is right on target: authentic creativity and innovation always have to be provocative. Art by itself is consciously without aim, and therefore vital for our future. As Walter Benjamin stated: “Art is the governor of Utopia”.
— Prof. Dr. Hartmut Esslinger, HonRDI, Designer
Second Edition of Forecast 2016/2017
First Edition of Forecast 2015/2016
Under the auspices of
German Foreign Minister
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Forecast is a project by Skills e.V. in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt. It is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.