Salzburg Global Seminar presents the latest report from the Culture, Arts and Society series

The Shock of the New: Arts, Technology and Making Sense of the Future

In times characterized by complexity, disruption and an unprecedented speed of change, uncertainty about the future is staring us in the face. Throughout history, artists have deciphered prospective futures in their work; from Neolithic shrines and cave paintings, to modern film interpretations of utopian and dystopian futures. But can these creative outputs be used effectively to help minimize the shock of the new, and allow for a positive unified vision of our shared future?

This was the main question facing a diverse group of artists, futurists, cultural theorists and activists, museum professionals, technologists, educators and policymakers when they met in Salzburg, Austria earlier this year.

Salzburg Global Seminar gathered the 50 future thinkers from 25 countries to re-imagine the nexus between the arts and technology, questioning what it means to be human in the Anthropocene and beyond.

Their discussions, learnings and insights have now been gathered in a new report, The Shock of the New: Arts, Technology and Making Sense of the Future.
(Source of text and photo: Salzburg Global Seminar newsletter)

The Seminar was attended by Associate Professor Mariana Amatullo (Parsons, USA) who is a Executive Board Member of Cumulus.

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