Imagining Tomorrow International is an international seminar in which students from several universities collaborate both online and offline to address complex social and cultural issues via co-creation. Students delve into questions related to sustainability, well-being, technology, creative industries, science, mobility, transportation, urban space, education and art. In the seminar, students respond to real-life problems impacting the mission of public and private organisations, and do research to develop a future dream for these organizations. The future vision that the students develop and visualize helps the organizations to address these complex questions.
International universities and disciplines
In the seminar, around 75 students from several international (art and applied) universities and disciplines will work together: multidisciplinary teams of around 5 artists, designers and managers per team are formed, which are guided by international coaches. By using insights from design thinking, creative problem solving and social design, the teams will develop research methodologies that are experimental, innovative, embodied and material. The way in which the teams visualize the future vision is not set by any rules: it can be expressed in performance, film, animation, installation, objects, prototypes, graphic design or a combination between these forms.
The seminar takes places both online and at HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht and is co-funded via an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme. During two online preparatory sessions in December, students will get to know each other and the assignments of the client organisations. The on-site programme takes place from 22 to 31 January 2024 at HKU. During these 10 days, the teams will also work several days at the client organizations in order to facilitate co-creation and collaboration. Several online expert classes and field trips to different places will be organized. The last day consists of an exhibition presented to the clients, lecturers, coaches, students and general public. Imagining Tomorrow International will be rounded off with an online evaluation session.
Online preparatory session 1: Monday 18 December 2023, 9:00-10:00
Online preparatory session 2: Tuesday 19 December 2023, 9:00-10:00
Physical seminar (at HKU, Utrecht): 23-31 January 2024, fulltime
Online evaluation and conclusion: Wednesday 28 February 2024, 9:00-10:00