Never before has the collective perception of the future been marked by apocalyptic scenarios as in this historical moment.
The environmental and energy crises, together with the geopolitical emergency linked to the war in Ukraine, have imposed a totally negative narration of the future in the last year.
Can we let the future be guarded only by visions of catastrophes and dystopias?
Quasar Institute for Advanced Design, the Roman academy founded in 1987 and which has is the point of reference for creatives in the Capital, launches the Bring Forward review. Words from the future to re-establish a balance in the narrative of the scenarios towards which humanity is facing, which are not only the destructive ones suggested by widespread emergencies at all levels.
Conceived and curated by Paolo Casicci, journalist, content curator and teacher, the review of four meetings with guests of international standing in the 360-degree cultural panorama, takes its name from a command of the main design software that it serves to bring the geometries "in the foreground".
In fact, the cycle of talks aims to bring out how planning and design in the broadest sense are the tools available to human beings to reorient a destiny that is not inevitable.
The guests and the themes chosen for the review come from different and distant design universes, with the intention of redefining clusters of multidisciplinary keywords, from art to philosophy, passing through architecture and language.
The first appointment is on January 17 at 6 pm at the QIAD. Giulio Bozzo, co-founder of Reasoned Art, will talk about Digital art and new radicals. Bozzo and Reasoned Art have brought curating into the complex and frayed universe of NFTs, demonstrating that art lives in the digital world with the same criteria of quality and research that distinguish it in the physical world.
February 16th is Bianca Felicori's turn. Curator of the Forgotten Architecture project, born for Instagram and turned into a book published by NERO Editions, Felicori will discuss the importance and role of new design and architecture collectives in the talk from title From the I to the Us, collective generation.
The meeting with Felicori falls at a central moment for the activity of QIAD, the Wholesome Winter Workshop which sees students engaged for two weeks in a transversal and multidisciplinary path.
On April 18th, the philosopher Leonardo Caffo, author of essays that soon became points of reference for designers and architects, will identify the key words of the project in a talk within the Milan Design Week, where QIAD will be present with a collection created by the students and in collaboration with partner companies.
The last of the four meetings is set for July 7. Sociolinguist Vera Gheno, author of essays dedicated to the inclusiveness of language, will speak to the public about QIAD at 777 em>, the party that celebrates the end of the academic year and showcases the most representative works of the students.
Luna Todaro, CEO and educational director of QIAD says: "Quasar Institute for Advanced Design is an Academy and, as such, has in its DNA the mission of designing and projecting students towards their professional future.
Designing the future does not only mean anticipating the times and the challenges of a constantly evolving world and experimenting with new realities with innovative technologies, but above all treasuring the experience of the past, the one which with thirty-six years of history behind it, QIAD offers every day to the new generations”.
Arianna Farina, didactic coordinator, dwells on Habitus, the places of the mind that designs, the theme of the winter workshop which represents a central moment in the academy's activity: "QIAD dedicates the 2022 research theme – 2023 to the mind that designs and to the invention techniques that guide and define the creative processes.
The Wholesome Winter Workshop – a fundamental stage that articulates the academic year with a deliberately transversal and multidisciplinary two-week course – fits into this broad constellation, declining it in the deepening of the places where the design faculties are activated , or places of the mind that designs.
The students will thus devote themselves to real field research to discover the spaces dedicated to creativity that characterize the territory to which they belong".
Cover photo: Emanuele D'ascanio, Where the Soul. Courtesy: Reasoned Art by