Humans are social creatures, at our best when we’re engaged in our environment, surroundings and communities. Engagement comes in many forms: from political, ecological, religious, to cultural, and economic.
We build. Consciously and unconsciously, we move clumsily through our world, usually with good intentions, working to create or improve the structures in which we (co)exist. But sometimes in this development scheme social and environmental ecosystems collide, leading to unintended consequences. In our thirst for progress, we suffer these unintended outcomes without understanding our role in the equation.
As we understand it, the selected artists of Imagine 2020 project share in common the fact that their work seeks to create dialogue around how things might be different, how engaged citizens can start to imagine and build preferred futures, responsibly. Though change in some ways is inevitable - how do we meet it? Are we creating the futures that we want?
As documentarians, we aim to capture this project in its whole and parts, the events and works that make space to explore ideas of participation beyond borders, inclusive open space and the ability of individuals to effect change considering art, ecology and possible futures.
Rather than a traditional book cataloguing the work of the selected Imagine 2020 artists, we propose a digital experience comprised of images, film and audio, accessible to a much wider audience on the web. Through the course of the road trip we will meet and interview the artists, documenting with audio, video, images and written word. These interactions, and the experiences of travel between them in time and space, will come together to give an experiential understanding of the artists, their work, and the larger concepts of art, ecology and possible futures.
This proposal is a frame: as the road trip is an experience, the meetings with artists and encounters in the in-between spaces will illuminate and bring detail. The dialogue will be living, and able to evolve, but focused on telling the story of the the work, and how it promotes a future-oriented, sustainable and engaged Europe.