Third Bright Collisions Summit to take place 24-27 September

Third Bright Collisions Summit to take place 24-27 September

It is with great pleasure that we announce the third edition of the Bright Collisions Summit, taking place from 24 to 27 September as part of the tenth edition of the TodaysArt Festival.

Bright Collisions is TodaysArt’s international Summit module dedicated to creativity and society with the aim to become a meeting point with a cross sector focus, and to promote transdisciplinary talent, ideas and opportunities. Summit facilitates a large-scale program staged by numerous partners and networks that is broad in scope.

During the Summit a wide spectrum of both renowned and upcoming thinkers and makers take the stage to address current and urgent issues and developments by proposing, celebrating, developing and distributing innovative and entrepreneurial ideas, initiatives and tools together with audiences.

Creative experts, policy makers, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, companies and researchers from various backgrounds will look at what creative solutions can contribute to society in a time when the forms, values and relations of technology, media and social structures are changing, intertwining and exerting forces on each other. Available knowledge is reconfigured to facilitate our interaction with the world of today and tomorrow.

In order to create a cohesive view on these developments, the topics are approached from various scientific, social, historical, futuristic and artistic perspectives on both a practical as well as a theoretical level.

The Summit consists of four main programs, ‘Current Tendencies in Art and Architecture’ (including ‘Sensory Experience’, ‘Ubiquitous Sound and Art’ and ‘Failed Architecture’) on Wednesday, ‘Tools for an Unknown Future’ on Thursday and ‘The New Metropolis’ and ‘TodaysArt Network’ on Saturday.

The participants and detailed programs will be announced soon. Tickets go on sale on the 1st of September.

Bright Collisions

Bright Collisions is a specific moment in time in which people from usually disconnected backgrounds come together out of either necessity or curiosity. The main idea of the Summit lies in its paradoxical title Bright Collisions. In our vision these collisions, either directed especially for this Summit or displayed, can contribute to a greater understanding of, or initiating alternate perspectives on, a range of contemporary and urgent topics in society.

Fields such as arts, design, economics, politics, technology, culture and science have never been isolated constructions and are increasingly intertwining, mainly due to current technological acceleration, systems in crises, humanitarian questions and urbanistic developments. However, in order to define our world and make our modern life easier and more understandable, we tend to categorize, separate and exclude. In some ways this is inevitable and logical, but it does not necessarily mean that it is the best way to move forward.

The most common use of the word “collision” refers to accidents, which is exactly indicating the border of what we aim to do. We are not providing answers to questions or fixed solutions to problems and are not directing any of these collisions. With the Summit we hope to provide the framework in which collisions could happen.

In order to create a cohesive view on these developments, the subjects will be approached from various scientific, social, historical and artistic perspectives, on both a practical as well as a theoretical level. With the symposium we touch upon a series of topics which forms, values and relations are constantly being reinterpreted and give us space for discussion and information exchange.

In this Summit we aim to stage challenging ideas and holistic approaches in which some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners meet and exert forces to bring together generally opposed ideas.