Factory of the Future
26. September – 24. November
DOGA, Hausmannsgate 16, Oslo
Organizers: DOGA and Oslo Architecture Triennale
The current economic & political structure is failing and climate change is accelerating the urgency for different ways of being human. The task of creating positive systemic change is urgent. The Future Factory examines possible scenarios for another future.
Taking a liberating step away from our immediate constraints & looking into an open tomorrow, THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE applies the method of ‘future scenario thinking’ to explore the role of design and architecture in shaping sustainable economic, social & environmental values for the future. Using techniques from performance arts, the project devises scenarios for change that are deeply rooted in peoples desires, visions and dreams. Central here are issues of representing interests and enabling participation early in the design process in order to influence innovation in architecture and design. There is often a perceived distance between the institutional powers of the city and citizens in civil society. This project tests how arts practices can provide the means to do away with this distance and foster stronger links between innovation, change and citizen involvement. The project aims to expand the ways urban futures are discussed, imagined & built.
Factory of the Future is a project by the performing arts company METIS, led by artistic director Zoë Svendsen. Her background as a director, dramaturg and translator equip her to take a bold and thorough approach to the research and interactivity that have become the trademark of Metis Arts’. She also holds a position as lecturer in Drama and Performance at the University of Cambridge.