Forecast Forum March 31 to April 1, 2017 BERLIN

January 12, 2017 by Laura Gomez

Feeling Out
the Future
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 2016/2017: curator Hou Hanru (CHN), designer Heather Martin (GB), video artist Bjørn Melhus (DE/NOR), architect Philippe Rahm (CH), choreographer Richard Siegal (USA), and composer Jennifer Walshe (IRL).

From the Call for Proposals to the Forecast Festival

Forecast encourages interdisciplinary exchange and public discussion on the ideas of the future. Creative minds from anywhere in the world working in various disciplines were asked to submit their proposals.

Of more than 450 concepts, Forecast will invite 30 applicants to discuss their ideas and present them to the public at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) during the Forecast Forum from March 31 to April 1, 2017. At the end of the Forecast Forum, each of the six mentors will select one concept to accompany to its realization. The outcomes of these collaborations will be presented October 20–21, 2017, at the Forecast Festival at the HKW.

When I learned of Freo Majer’s project at HKW, I was immediately convinced. Forecast helps young talents realize their dreams with the support and encouragement of inspiring mentors. The development of each of these mentees tells us stories about creativity – starting out with mere ideas that then develop into plans and successful projects. These synergetic effects deserve every support. I see great radiance evolving from the Forecast platform – far in excess of the art world and of Berlin as its site.

— Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patron of Forecast

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.

The development of Forecast was supported by at Hasso-Plattner-Institut for Softwaresystemtechnik GmbH, Meta Design AG, ergo Unternehmenskommunikation. GmbH & Co. KG.