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Design – Develop – Transform: Explorations in Open Time

15 June, 2017 - 17 June, 2017

The centre of expertise Open Time and M HKA (Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp) are collaborating on an exceptional three day conference linked to M HKA’s 2017 summer exhibition ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’.  

Taking cues from futurists and artist from different local and global contexts, DDT looks at how futures are designed, developed and transformed. The event will host academic and professional futurists from the global North and South as well as artists and designers, professionals from development (cooperation), (public) policy, business (management) and civil society. Bringing together such diverse perspectives, DDT is setting the scene for a rich exchange on how futures orientations can be applied to adres the complex, chaotic and contradictory nature of the present.

The DDT conference will: 

  • Gather experiences and images of the futures from different fields of practice, including those from the global South and the field of the arts
  • Create learning opportunities from connecting the futures orientations of different practices
  • Give account of the diversity of approaches to futures
  • Provide networking opportunities around the application of futures approaches

Participate to: 

  • Learn what artists and futurists make of the futures
  • See how images of the future generated in projects from divergent contexts become tangible
  • Experience collaborative and open-ended approaches to possible, probable, plausible and preferable futures
  • Share cases, insight and knowledge, build skills, find inspiration
  • Find out what selected futures research, projects and programmes have attempted and achieved
  • Compare notes with fellow participants in the Open Space of M HKA
  • Ask new questions, activate capacities and create opportunities for new futures perspectives


The DDT programme combines social occasions and standard conference formats with open, experimental and co-creative activities. The first day on campus in Brussels includes plenary sesions, panel discussions and paper presentations and activities in three paralel tracks of break-out sessions focussing on the three methodological levels of futures engagement of the conference title.  The second part of DDT is an unconference at ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’ with guided tours and Open Space in the museum, Forward Theatre, games and interactive sessions and an APF training in the museum’s auditorium.

More information about the program of DDT will follow at a later time. Keep up to date on their website.

Call for papers and contributions

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