When I see the Future is a platform for supporting collaborative research and digital methodologies in the visual arts. Through the practice and research methods of its founders and collaborators, it promotes interdisciplinary collaborations between visual artists, researchers, data activists, institutions, and digital technologists.
Developed over the course of two years, When I see the Future evolved from a series of projects developed by Heba Y. Amin and Anthony Downey. These included the publication of Heba Y. Amin: The General’s Stork (Sternberg Press, 2020) and Amin’s eponymous solo show for the Mosaic Rooms London (2020-21). In parallel with the curation of the exhibition and ongoing research for their book, Amin and Downey co-developed an extended digital programme to host collaborative online projects as part of the exhibition’s extended research outputs.
As this digital project progresses, When I see the Future… will continue the online programme and operate as an opportunity for collaborators and researchers to further explore the potential of digital methodologies in the arts. Planned research projects for 2021 and 2022 will include an enquiry into the sustainability of research infrastructures, pedagogy and digital methodologies, delivering digital surveillance and censorship, and the impact of communication technologies on freedom of speech and dissent.
As the online platform explores these concerns it will capture the variety of responses and material produced to ensure that researchers, students and practitioners alike can access the information and participate in its future development as we work towards further projects in 2023 and 2024.