Festival of Future Nows 2017
September 14–17 2017
A cooperation by the Institut für Raumexperimente
and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50 – 51 | 10557 Berlin
Opening: 14 September 2017, 7 pm
Welcome Address: 20 h
Udo Kittelmann, Director of the Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Olafur Eliasson, Artist and Director of the Institut für Raumexperimente
Hans Düttmann, Deputy Chairman of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie
Rita Werneyer, Spokesperson for Culture, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
Thu, 14.09.: 19 pm – 11 pm
Fri, 15.09.: 10 am – 11 pm
Sat, 16.09.: 11 am – 11 pm
Sun, 17.09.: 11 am – 11 pm
The second edition of the Festival of Future Nows will take place during Berlin Art Week 2017 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. As with the festival’s first edition in 2014 this year’s cooperation between the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Olafur Eliasson and his Institut für Raumexperimente e.V. brings together different works by over hundred international artists.
Over a four-day period a dense cloud of creative energy and spontaneity will erupt and break free like a Berlin punk-opera-weather-system accumulating and hovering over Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. The festival program invites a young and diverse crowd to engage with the unpredictable nature of performance, action, music, interventions, dance experiments, movement and perception exercises. Individual projects take place in parallel or overlap the deliberate abundance forces visitors to take a nonlinear route through the festival. The principle of density and diversity’ is applied purposefully. The Festival of Future Nows 2017 → ∞ brings together an inspired mix of emerging practitioners with renowned artists under the banner of ‘The challenge is in the moment the time is always now’ (James Baldwin).
From 2009 to 2014 Olafur Eliasson led the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments), which was affiliated with the Berlin University of the Arts, together with Christina Werner and Eric Ellingsen. Working with the participants in the internationally highly regarded project, they experimented with new approaches to arts education and research. To mark the project’s end in autumn 2014, the institute created the Festival of Future Nows at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, just before the iconic building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe closed for renovation. The second edition of the festival continues with a similar approach and is based on the broad artistic network around the Institut für Raumexperimente.
Choreographed by Sven Beckstette, Natalie Keppler, Christina Werner
The project is supported by Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and is made possible by Freunde der Nationalgalerie.