Together with Publics in Helsinki and PRAKSIS in Oslo, Index initiated the network Future Futures. As small institutions working with art from complementary positions, all three organizations have a scale and approach which allows for a more human touch.
Joining together to create a network, we share approaches to working with young people, democratic processes and new publics. The aim for the network is to test new formats, learn from each other and define methods for including and emboldening young people in conversations about art, criticality and language.
The three institutions pursue differing structures, yet share goals and democratic values: PRAKSIS focuses on programs that develop creative practice, Index as an exhibition center and Publics is a meeting space based on the idea of the library. Conceptual and practical artistic work, presentation of artistic practices and distribution of ideas are the core engagements of the three initiating members of the network. We consider the diversity of our roles vital as part of a democratic ecosystem including publics.
By observing these three structures we can more fully understand the artistic chain of conceptual production, presentation and distribution of content. Future Futures network started with three different situations to be shared and transformed into a dialogue. The institutions share a desire for transparency, experimentation and definition of our local, national and Nordic realities.
The network has several speeds and is organised through physical and digital meetings in all three countries. A series of permanent dialogues about important matters related to the main strands of investigation for Future Futures and will be a platform to define projects and programs happening in each country. In addition, we hope to strengthen the network and research by opening it to other participants from the Nordic and Baltic region. The network is a system to create contacts between institutions and organisations working within the common field of art and education.
The network defines questions related to the right to arts and culture, agency and new publics, experimenting with formats and ways of doing.
Future Futures is generously supported by Nordic Culture Point.