Miriam Bäckström


Exhibition | ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1967. Lives in Stockholm. Numerous solo exhibitions, notably at the Museum for Contemporary Art Basel in 2004, at Lunds konsthall, Sweden, in 2012 and at Extra City in Antwerp in 2014. Numerous group exhibitions, including the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. Represented Sweden at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Visiting Professor at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2009-2012.

Kasper Bosmans


Exhibition | ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’

Born in Lommel, Belgium, in 1990. Lives in Brussels. Solo exhibitions at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery in Brussels, all in 2016. Numerous group exhibitions. Participates in the 1st Kathmandu Triennial in 2017.

Stuart Candy

Professor of Foresight and Design
OCAD University

Presentation | Ethnographic Experiential Futures: Combining ethnographic and experiential approaches to foresight

Dr Stuart Candy (@futuryst) is an experiential futurist, design professor and strategic facilitator who has brought futures to life in museums, festivals, conferences, classrooms and city streets worldwide. Involved in the foresight field since the 1990s, for over a decade Stuart has focused on bringing futures and design together. He has created transmedia interventions, immersive encounters, tangible artifacts, and compelling images for settings including the California Academy of Sciences, South by Southwest, and Wired magazine.

Grounded in practice, Stuart has made key contributions to the exchange between design and futures in education, having served on the faculty of the world’s first two foresight programs in design institutions; at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

Bram Goots

Photographer; Cameraman
Agence Future

Exhibition | ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’

Bram Goots grew up in Brussels before he moved to London in 1993 where he received a BA Fine Arts Multi-media from Middlesex University in 1999. As a free-lance photographer Bram shoots reportages for project developers, engineering offices and  architects. He was the set photographer on video-clips for different Belgian musicians and shortfilms. He is the house photographer for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp. He is a member of the international photographers’ collective OST and of the cooperative Picturetank since they were first established. Bram is responsible for the imagery for Agence Future and also for logistics as well as artistic interpretations and representations of the collection of images of the future brought together with this project. Bram was the second cameraman for the ‘ToekomstEN-AvenirS’ documentary and the director of photography for the pilot episode of the participatory television project Vill9 la serie. Since 2012 he has also worked as cameraman for a range of promotion, publicity films, musicians and visual artists.

Duanduan Hsieh

Student; Intern 
Dickinson College; Agence Future

Exhibition | ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’

Duanduan Hsieh was born in New York City in 1997 but grew up in Taipei, Taiwan from the age of 5. The son of an acclaimed futurist, Professor Mei-Mei Song, Duanduan was exposed to futures studies at a young age. His 2015 four-part video series, WHAT WORKS IN FUTURES STUDIES, an interview with futurist Sohail Inayatullah, was awarded the Jan Lee Martin Award. Duanduan is currently pursuing a BA in Art and Art History with a Studio Arts Concentration at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Most of his art work is centered around identity and his experience as a Third Culture Kid, growing up as Taiwanese-American. In collaboration with Professor Song, Duanduan designed POSTERS FROM THE FUTURE  (2017) for exhibiting in A Temporary Futures Institute, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA). From holographic musicians to the autobiography of a spiritual robot, the four hanging posters each represent possible and probable futures.

Anders Kreuger

Senior Curator

Exhibition | ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’

Senior Curator of M HKA, Anders Kreuger at M HKA in Antwerp and one of the editors of the art journal Afterall, published in London. He was previously Director of the Malmö Art Academy amd Exhibitions Curator at Lunds konsthall, in his native Sweden, and a member of the Programme Team for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne. A frequent contributor to Afterall, Kreuger has also published numerous catalogue essays and other texts (e.g.).

Alexander Lee


Exhibition | ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’

Alexander Lee was born in Stockton, CA, and grew-up on the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2000), his MFA from Columbia University (2002), and MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University (2004). Lee’ s 2006-2007 trilogy, THE DEPARTURE OF THE FISH, titled after the creation myth of the island of Tahiti, turns a narrative material, through volcanic sand and the vernacualr of natural history museum displays, storytelling, and the anthropic process. In 2014, Lee’s THE BOTANIST, a visual retelling of the legend of the breadfruit through early English botanical endeavours in the Pacific, is the beginning of a subsequent series, THE BOTANICAL FACTORY that tackles the cultural practice of oral history through communal efforts. In 2017, TE ATUA VAHINE MANA RA O PERE for the 1st Honolulu Biennale, draws an evolutionary trajectory between Pele and the nuclear mushroom cloud, in reference to the US and France’s Pacific test sites. THE SENTINELS, a continuous wall painting spanning 4500m2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, visually hosts A Temporary Futures Institute, making apparent the motifs and signs of Polynesia as the environmental matrix to Futurist James Dator’s thinking. Most currently, ME-TI’A, An Island Standing, is a meditation on the images that an uninhabited island conjures, and human interactions through technological progress. It premieres as part of Tidalectics at the TBA21 / Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wien.

Ziauddin Sardar

Islamic Studies and Futures Studies scholar
The Centre for Postnormal Policy & Futures Studies

Ziauddin Sardar, writer, broadcaster and cultural critic, is Professor of Law and Society at Middlesex University, London. He has been described as a ‘critical polymath’ and is considered one of the top 100 public intellectuals in Britain. He works across a number of disciplines ranging from Islamic studies and futures studies to science policy, literary criticism, information science to cultural relations, art criticism and critical theory. Sardar has worked as science journalist for Nature and New Scientist and as a television reporter for London Weekend Television. He was a columnist on the New Statesman for a number of years and has served as a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and as a member of the Interim National Security Forum. He has published over 50 books.  Sardar was the editor of Futures, the monthly journal of policy, planning and futures studies, from 1999—2013, and now serves as a Consulting Editor. Widely known for his radio and television appearances, he is currently co-editor of the quarterly journal Critical Muslim.

Mei-Mei Song

Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University

Exhibition | ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’
Presentation | A Creative Peace Futures Workshop on futures of South China Sea

Mei-Mei Song, EdD is a futurist and an educator. She is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies as well as the Founder and Director of the Center for Futures Intelligence and Research (C-FAR), Tamkang University, Taiwan. Dr. Song’s recent research centers around newer ways of teaching futures studies such as experiential futures, gamification of futures tools, and integration of futures thinking and design thinking, particularly in engineering education. With more than 10 years of teaching futures courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, Dr. Song also devotes herself to the outreach of futures education in various sectors in recent years. She facilitates futures thinking workshops for a wide range of participants in business, government, and education sectors. Dr. Song is a Fellow of World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). From 2007 to 2010, she was Managing Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies. Dr. Song earned her MA and Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, USA (2001).

John Sweeney

Global Futures and Foresight Coordinator
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Exhibition | ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’
Case study | Anticipatory capacity for the IFRC.

John A. Sweeney is an award-winning author, designer, and futurist. As a practitioner, consultant, and educator, John has delivered workshops and seminars, multi-stakeholder projects, and foresight gaming systems in over two dozen countries, with a particular focus on the Balkans, Southeast Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region. John is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UHM) where he has instructed undergraduate courses in Futures Studies, Political Science, and World Religions. John served as a Researcher at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies under the direction of Jim Dator until his retirement in 2015. Currently, John is the Global Futures and Foresight Coordinator at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) recently inaugurated an aggressive campaign to “use the future.” As the world’s largest humanitarian organization with representation in 190 countries, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies operate at the frontlines of major crises around the world–making them decidedly present-centric institutions. With the launch of the Solferino Academy, the IFRC seeks to shift the overarching narrative of the organization and develop anticipatory capacities at local, national, regional, and global scales. This presentation provides an overview of the Solferino Academy and highlights ongoing work around the world.