Future Art Ecosystems is a project for building 21st century cultural infrastructure to support art and advanced technologies for the public good.
In 2018, when the idea of the Future Art Ecosystems project was first born, we were inspired by a new generation of artists working directly with advanced technologies: AI, simulation technologies, synthetic materials, etc.
Our work in this field made clear an urgent need for a long-term strategic vision for an art ecosystem dedicated specifically to the advancement of art x advanced technologies (AxAT) with a public mission.
Launched to the public in 2020 with R&D Labs, the Future Art Ecosystems strategic briefing series has been crystallising nascent dynamics and opportunities in relationship to AxAT. To this extent, FAE briefings provide concepts, references, language and arguments that can be integrated into operational agendas for 21st-century cultural infrastructure: the systems that support the production, distribution and sustainability of art and advanced technologies as a whole, and respond to a broader societal agenda.
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Our research spans across four key areas where art x advanced technology (AxAT) practices can lead to meaningful infrastructural transformations:
Advocating for independent, in-house and public-sector production models as a key driver for AxAT practices.
Devising new benchmarks and systems for deeper and more long-term oriented collaborations between organisations across cultural, technological and civic ecosystems.
Prototyping new models to achieve generative and equitable value distribution that supports producers and their communities.
Moving beyond footfall and media visibility as the dominant metrics of success, and devising new measurement systems for communicating the value of AxAT in society.
Labs are Serpentine‘s instantiation of the Future Art Ecosystems agenda through various areas of strategic importance.