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Festival of Future Nows 2017 → ∞

14.09.2017 to 17.09.2017
Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

The second edition of the Festival of Future Nows is taking place during Berlin Art Week 2017 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. This year’s cooperation between the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Olafur Eliasson and his Institut für Raumexperimente e.V. – as with the festival’s first edition in 2014 – brings together different works by over 100 international artists.

From Thursday to Sunday (September 14–17), a dense cloud of creative energy and spontaneity will erupt and break free like a Berlin punk-opera-weather-condition, passing by and hovering over Hamburger Bahnhof. The festival program in the historical hall and outside the Hamburger Bahnhof invites a young and diverse crowd to engage with the unpredictable nature of performance, action, music, interventions, dance, experiments, movement and perception exercises. Spontaneous choreographies, musical disruptions and overlooked encounters invite various forms of audience participation happening at flash-mob-like speed. 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 experimental and inspiring mix of emerging practitioners interspersed with some more renowned artists under the banner of ‘The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now’ (James A. Baldwin).

Interview with Udo Kittelmann

The programme and exhibition thrive on contradictions: unmissable manifestations meet barely visible procedures. Spectacular actions stand next to subtle interventions. Loud sound installations contrast with works employing inaudible frequencies that can only be physically experienced. Poetic and political performances alternate. The festival is extended, complemented and permeated by a film programme as well as artistic reactions in other parts of the collection and Hamburger Bahnhof’s outdoor space.

Interview with Ólafur Elíasson

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.

The Festival of Future Nows 2017 → ∞ is curated by Sven Beckstette, Natalie Keppler and Christina Werner. It opens on Thursday at 7 pm and takes place on Friday from 10 am to 11 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm. Entrance to the festival is free on all days.

Visitors can share their impressions in social networks using the hashtags #festivaloffuturenows and #futurenows

The full festival programme can be found on the website

The project is supported by Volkswagen Group and is made possible by Freunde der Nationalgalerie.


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