Artists have always been in the business of imagining futures.
Over the month of June we're speaking to 5 artists or collectives about the futures they're imagining through their art. What does your future look like?
"We want to make the future more hopepunk – radical positive resistance is the lens we need to be leaning into. It’s a worldview that argues that the fight to build equitable, progressive, sustainable social systems is a fight worth having. It’s a future that champions kindness, embraces creativity, respects difference and prioritises First Nations voices at the heart of it all. Hopepunk is a call to arms for us to imagine better, in order to do better. That’s our challenge and we are willing it to life through our work.
We see a radical shift in the function of art in society, one that elevates the contribution of artists and seeks to reposition their role within a wider social context. We see governments recognising the possibilities of these alternative perspectives in the workplace and eagerly funding an expansive program of unlimited 3-year-long fellowships. These fellowships embed artists into non-art environments in a triple role of lateral thinker, creative consultant and artwork maker. In all government and commerce environments; from your local Coles supermarket, to your Bendigo Bank and your favourite tavern, there is an artist busy working there.
Art is everywhere and accessible.
 hopepunk is a literary term from social sci-fi created with the intention to counter the dominant popularity of dystopian fiction. it stands for positive resistance and hanging onto our humanity at all costs."
- pvi collective
Image credit: blackmarket, presented by Performance Space 2015, pictured Julie Vulcan (performer) and Erica (audience). Photographer: James Brown
In 2021 we look towards:
Commissioning a major First Nations-led project for our 2021 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. The future is First Nations.
Expanding our new digital presentation platform to bring you more experimental work by Asia Pacific artists – even when our borders remain closed. The future is connected.
Keeping artistic process thriving with at least 10 artist residencies and lab opportunities. The future is experimental.
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