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Artists and Futurists Convene At M HKA In Antwerp

INTERNATIONAL artists and futurists will take part in a radical new show held at M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp this spring. A Temporary Futures Institute presents an innovative approach to the study of futures, a discipline which explores concepts and strategies about the future. The exhibition considers how art and future studies relate to knowledge in which artificial intelligence, political activism and governance will play a key role. Organised by M HKA’s senior curator Anders Kreuger and Antwerp-based futurist Maya Van Leemput, the show is curated in response to research conducted by futurist James Dator and pioneer of the “four futures” model at the Manoa School of Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dator believed that, “Any useful statement about the future should appear to be ridiculous.”

Within future studies, initial ideas might seem initially far-fetched. They may challenge our behaviour as new technologies replace past knowledge and become the norm. In this exhibition, professional futurists from the fields of alternative, design, postnormal and technology futures are brought together with international artists from a diverse range of disciplines. Staged within a specially commissioned set designed by the Polynesian artist, Alexander Lee, futures scenarios are envisioned through unconnected themes which include continuation, collapse, discipline and transformation. Participating artists include Belgium painter Kasper Bosmans, sculptor Simryn Gill and film-maker Michel Auder.


Kasper Bosmans, Legend Future Studies, 2016, courtesy of the artist; Marc Foxx gallery,
Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York-Brussels


Running concurrently with A Temporary Futures Institute is DDT (Design, Develop, Transform), an international futures conference futures practitioners and academics partnered by the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation.

by Miranda Charalambous

A Temporary Futures Institute opens from April 27 to September 17, 2017. DDT (Design, Develop, Transform) opens from June 15 – June 17, 2017.
Both events are held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MHKA), Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)3 260 99 99


Front page image: Kasper Bosmans, Legend Future Studies, 2016, courtesy of the artist; Marc Foxx gallery, Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York-Brussels

Marion Vidal Debuts her SS17 Jewellery Collection

PART-architect, part-sculptor and part-fashion designer, Parisian-based jewellery artist Marion Vidal has released her SS17 collection which reflects the harmonising of contrasted materials, shapes and colours that characterises her brand.

After gaining a degree in architecture, which was followed by the Montpellier-born Vidal taking a fashion course at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Vidal set up her jewellery company which has an unconventional approach to jewellery design which is centred on striving for a beautiful balance between contrasting elements such as industrial brass against fragile cloth; matted white ceramic against polished gold; and supple fabric against solid silver. The result is highly sophisticated and entirely unique pieces.

A Ballade Necklace. Photograph: Marion Vidal

The SS17 collection features the Ballade necklaces which – like the notes on a stave – are composed of curvilinear shapes and small circles fashioned from gleaming metals, in which fluidity and solidity contrast yet complement one another.

Path rings. Photograph: Marion Vidal

The Path pieces meanwhile highlight the azure blue of lapis lazuli, the delicate pink of quartz or the lustrous black of obsidian which are sculpted into bold geometric shapes – such as a square pendant necklace, or distorted rings which wrap around the finger in irregular, non-linear forms.

A Ballade necklace. Photograph: Marion Vidal

The Medullary line comprises reinterpretations of Vidal’s most emblematic pieces – the Gela, TacTac and Jabot necklaces for example – reimagined in vivid, intense colours.

by Hannah Bergin

Marion Vidal, 13 avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris
Open from Monday to Saturday 13:00 —  19:00

Tel : +33 (0)1 81 29 19 86
Mobile : +33 (0)6 46 91 04 59

For information about Marion Vidal’s range, visit her website here