The world frontiers forum
The World Frontiers Forum unites leaders in industry, culture, and government with pioneering creators across frontiers from contemporary art and music to machine learning and biology. Established around an annual gathering, the WFF aims to catalyze audacious pioneering dreams into works that touch the lives of millions and improve the human condition. The future exists in our collective belief in such efforts.
In 2019 the World Frontiers Forum is exploring ways to enhance and protect digital identity, privacy, and safety. Two special gatherings will serve as focal points for this exploration. Net@50, which was held at the MIT Media Lab and Café ArtScience on July 16, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Internet message and looked ahead to the challenges and opportunities facing the next 50 years. Our annual World Frontiers Forum will take place in Berlin on November 8 and 9, on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. It will be focused on The Future of Digital Identity and look to frame a 2020 Convergence Project around this topic.
At the heart of the WFF is the Convergence Project. This unique international collaboration addresses United Nations sustainable development goals and is led by young pioneers—artists, scientists, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs—who work with WFF members to realize their vision. The 2018 Convergence Project, which targets the problem of under-nutrition, is called Foods That Matter.
Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination - Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) to the United Nations - (c)Phase One Media Group
The second annual World Frontiers Forum took place on October 14 and 15, 2018 and was attended by some 150 leaders from around the world, including seven U.N. ambassadors and Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination Fabrizio Hochschild. Following an opening address on future challenges and opportunities for frontier change, artists, humanists, engineers, chefs, and other pioneers gathered for talks, performances, networking, meals, and other memorable experiences that included brainstorming sessions with the young pioneers around the Foods That Matter effort.
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The Getty Research Institute announces Tavares Strachan as the next artist to join the Getty as a Guest Scholar for 2019-2020 in fall of 2019 through Summer of 2020. Tavares Strachan will receive a fellowship from the GRI to continue his research related to an ongoing epic project regarding the nature of invisibility, questioning institutionalized cultural knowledge while unearthing critical narratives and histories obscured from our public imaginary. The anchor of this project is Strachan’s creation of an Encyclopedia of Invisibility.
“For me, an encyclopedia is a fundamental paradox: the premise of it is it’s a place where most knowledge will be kept. So, we just went through the process of looking and seeing what has been left out of encyclopedias to examine how cultures are really constructed... I ended up working on a project having to do with this idea, where we create our own encyclopedia, amassing the nonentities and giving them somewhere to go. So, [the] work [is] finding a place for these nonentities..Invisibility..... Nonentities. Things that might not have a fully formed shape or are part of a larger cultural conversation....” -Tavares Strachan
Castle Hill at the Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA
From navigation, to gathering information and all forms of communication, digital devices have become integral to every activity. Technology provides the ultimate convenience while simultaneously registering our every move. In the recent past we were defined by our race, profession, religion and what we consumed. Today our digital activity and how we portray ourselves through social media, creates a virtual identity which is mined by tech firms. David Edwards will lead a conversation asking how do we take advantage of the conveniences afforded by digital technology without sacrificing our privacy?
Along with our co-founder, David Edwards, Doug Aitken, inaugural Frontier Art Prize winner (2017), will take part in a unique art event: New Horizon. This multifaceted art event that challenges the notion of art in the 21st-century. The project is composed of a series of live events across the state of Massachusetts, centered around a stunning reflective hot air balloon and gondola.
One of the great American mythologies is the road trip. New Horizon is a 21st century version of a journey, traveling through the landscape by air. The project is composed of a series of live events across the state of Massachusetts. At each stop the mirror balloon touches down becomes a happening. It is both an artwork and an event where ideas, conversation, music and art are shared. The journey creates a continuous, flowing event, encountering unique individuals and providing an insight into the future of our culture.
NEW HORIZON IS AN UNPREDICTABLE PROJECT.
FROM A FARMER IN THE FIELD WHO COULD LOOK UP AND SEE THIS MIRRORED SCULPTURE FLOAT BY OR SOMEONE HIKING IN THE FOREST WHO WANDERS INTO A CLEARING AND DISCOVERS LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES AND CONVERSATIONS.
Sunday, July 21
Castle Hill at the Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA
The Future of Identity
Conversations & Music
Tickets will go on sale: June 3rd
robert buderi, wff president and xconomy chairman writes about our upcoming event: Net@50: The Roots and Future of the Internet
The World Frontiers Forum was thrilled to be part of Questlove’s special creativity talk at harvard university led by co-founder david edwards, on april 12, 2019
special visit from president bio along with Sierra Leone delegation on march 7, 2019
Tavares Strachan, 2018 Frontier Art Prize recipient, was honored at cafe artscience on february 8, 2019
Tavares joined board members and special friends of the World Frontiers Forum to discuss his work, his recent trip to Sierra Leone, visiting president Bio. Strachan also spoke about his recent creative work since being awarded the FAP prize this past fall.
Tavares Strachan, 2018 Frontier Art Prize recipient, joined SpaceX to launch sculpture honoring fallen astronaut
Strachan’s Enoch sculpture, a canopic jar structure, launched on Monday, December 3, to honor astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.. Lawrence should have been the first African American in space, but died at the age of 32 in a jet crash. By creating this unusual satellite in the form of a 24-karat gold urn, Strachan symbolically sent Lawrence into space. Strachan was one of the first artists selected to participate in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)’s Art + Technology lab, in 2014. At the same time, he began a collaboration with SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell. Shotwell spoke live from her office about SpaceX’s partnership with Strachan during this year’s World Frontiers Forum. To read more about this fascinating project, see this New York Times article as well as the LACMA’s press release.
read the latest on The convergence project
A Market Solution for Micronutrient Deficiency?
The World Frontiers Forum’s “Foods That Matter” Convergence Project Builds Bridges to Sierra Leone, Nigeria
Nations have made great strides toward ending hunger, but there’s a long way to go when it comes to providing healthy nutrition.
In Africa, the average person takes in more than 2600 kilocalories per day, up from about 2000 kcal per day in the early 1960s.1 That’s enough for almost any moderately active human. 2 In fact, some African countries now face the opposite of hunger: an epidemic of obesity. But even as incomes and food supplies have grown, 20 to 40 percent of children in sub-Saharan Africa still have severe Vitamin A deficiency. More than 40 percent of pregnant women have anemia due to severe iron deficiency. And similar percentages of people have diets short on folic acid, Vitamin B12, zinc, and iodine.3
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