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Om Explorations of Now

Explorations of Now Explorations of Now is a unique collaboration where art, dance, science, and nature meet to let visitors begin the journey to a sustainable world together. Cullberg, art collective Kultivator and The Institute for Future Studies.

The Explorations of Now project was launched in the spring of 2020 with the aim of investigating how art and science together can inspire increased community involvement and explore the challenges of adjusting to a sustainable life in a climate-changing world. In the autumn of 2020, the project began with a series of meeting places where researchers, artists and those involved from various relevant fields collaborated.

From art to science

Together with the art collective Kultivator on Öland, Cullberg has initiated the project Explorations of Now, and invited the Institute for Future Studies to join. Art inviting science is not common, and the diversity of perspectives and audiences is the project’s strength. The initiators and participating parties are all active both in metropolitan areas and in rural areas, small independent actors and large government institutions, and we all operate in different parts of contemporary art and science.

"With Explorations of Now, we want to formulate the questions we as ecosystems must ask ourselves now. We are in the middle of the present and want to bring together art, dance and research to find a new kind of conversation with the biosphere. Both all life around us and what is in our own bodies. If we can imagine a reciprocity where we create the future together, sustainability becomes a natural part of it, and the change we are facing is possible, says Malin Lindmark Vrijman, Kultivator.

Explorations of Now began with an exploratory part during the spring 2020, mainly through digital meetings and work in different directions due to the current corona virus pandemic.

"Many cultural projects have been canceled this spring due to the pandemic. For this project, it was never relevant to cancel, it's just about resetting. Adapting to all possible situations and unforeseen events, in the short and long term, is in the nature of the project. The corona virus began to spread in Sweden the same week that our project started. Then we did not know how it would affect us and the project. It has been a challenging time, but a time that has actually tested our own creativity and ability to imagine a different, alternative future. To think new and see what is possible when we put our heads together and take responsibility for each other", says Stina Dahlström, Cullberg.

Orlången nature reserve

During two weekends in August, visitors can experience Explorations of Now free of charge in Huddinge nature reserve Orlången – dance, art and music in the middle of nature. The experience starts from Balingsta Gård's riding hall and then takes the visitor through a guided tour around the nature reserve where dance performances, art installations and performance art are presented with rock walls, fields, moss, trees and water as co-creators.

"It feels fantastic to finally be able to invite the public to experience Explorations of Now", says Jane Hopper, project manager and one of the initiators of Explorations of Now.

Kultivator is an art collective based on Öland. The interdisciplinary activities include art projects and agriculture that meet social projects and environmental actions, as well as an international residency and exhibition program. In the residency activities, about 80 artists have participated over the years together with about 30 cows, chickens, ducks, sheep and horses. The art collective is led by Mathieu and Malin Vrijman, who in 2017 were awarded the Dynamo Scholarship by the Visual Artists’ Fund.

Cullberg is a national and international repertoire company, part of Riksteatern, the Swedish National Touring Theatre, based in Botkyrka outside Stockholm. Cullberg’s contemporary dance meets a large audience in Sweden and abroad. Together with leading choreographers and artistic teams from around the world, we explore ideas on how dance can be defined, produced and presented. The exploratory work is the basis for the company, which is constantly at the center of the international dance scene.

The Institute for Future Studies is a government research foundation where researchers from various social science disciplines conduct research on issues that are of great importance for how we shape our future society. The business is based on the 1960s insights that we humans in many ways affect not only our own lives but also future generations. All research conducted here must have a long-term perspective and clear relevance for our future. The subjects studied are changed regularly, which creates a dynamic research environment. Here, researchers from a number of different social science disciplines are mixed and collaborate, today including sociology, philosophy, political science, business administration and psychology.

Postkodstiftelsen is a beneficiary of the Swedish Postcode Lottery and mediates time-limited support for projects that contribute to a positive change in society. The foundation supports non-profit organizations in Sweden and internationally that actively contribute to the fulfillment of the global goals and to create positive change through concrete efforts. The projects are about everything from human rights to environmental issues as well as about social change and education through sports and investments in culture. Since 2007, 1.5 billion has been allocated to over 600 projects.

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