15 May FORMS x GENESIS 3.0
We’re embarking on a shared journey with our FORMS family to Tunisia this week in order to shape new futures through arts and culture – towards climate care and planet love – conducting our first workshop with Genesis 3.0 – The Building Blocks of Life for our museum network and cultural leaders’ community.
But what is FORMS?! FORMS was born from a shared wish to experiment with ways to exchange knowledge, share experiences and create spaces of trust that allow for emergence. The name FORMS, conceived as an acronym standing for Futures Oriented Museums Synergies, has evolved to become more than a name but a verb, to form, to be in formation, changing and self generating into new configurations, akin to a swarm of birds. FORMS brings together museum and cultural leaders, artists, activists, educators and scientists from across the globe to co-create and curate experiences that invite us all to explore how we can envision and embody futures. We want to change the story of future by putting thought into action, creating FORMS to capture the emerging potential for the benefit of all.
In the spirit of last year’s gatherings in Catalonia and Berlin, and as a model for FORMS for the coming years, our two yearly convenings are connected, yet bring independent value, creating a greater whole. Our first gathering is more of a retreat where we can collectively reflect, experiment and learn from one another. Whilst, our second gathering has a public dimension to it, hosted by futures-oriented museums that are part of FORMS. FORMS Tunisia is the first of our two gatherings this year, and will be followed by FORMS Rio de Janeiro on September 28th, hosted by the Museum of Tomorrow.
We are grateful to the Kamel Lazaar Foundation for hosting us at their newly inaugurated convening space in Utique-Tilal, Tunisia. FORMS will be one of a few communities to be hosted in these first few months of operation, and while not everything is perfectly complete, we feel privileged to experience the birth of a space dedicated to new forms of cultural exchange. We are mindful of the ongoing extremism and polarization spreading throughout the world, and Tunisia is not an exception. We also see signs of hope towards more generous and empathic ways to live and engage with one another. To be able to meet in such an open and embracing way as we aim with FORMS is both a luxury and a necessity.