FutureFantastic is a first-of-its-kind TechArt festival in India that creatively brings together Artificial Intelligence (AI) and art to talk about climate change. The festival has been conceptualised by BeFantastic in partnership with FutureEverything (UK). It is a multi-venue event to be hosted between 11-12 March and 25-26 March 2023. The festival is made possible by the generous contribution of its primary supporters the British Council’s India/UK Together, a Season of Culture and Rohini & Nandan Nilekani Philanthropies.
FutureFantastic, with its global collaborations and AI art commissions featuring artists from India, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and the USA, invites us to ponder the complexities of the climate crisis and seek a way forward towards a more sustainable future. The festival beckons its audiences to experience and engage with innovative, AI-powered interactive artworks, inviting them to explore art and technology’s role through panel discussions and workshops guided by experts in technology, art and climate action.
The highlight of the festival includes a determined quest to find potential creative solutions to the climate crisis by asking the questions—How can AI Art create a personal and emotional connection to the impacts of climate change? Can AI Art help us imagine a climate-positive future?
The showcases at the festival include homegrown and international artworks and performances featuring artworks by Madhu Natraj, Nicole Seiler, Jake Elwes, along with commissioned works by BeFantastic Within and BeFantastic Beyond, among many others. Another chief offering at the festival includes “Conversations between experts and enthusiasts in the fields of art, technology and climate”, in order to unpack how AI Art can best help generate public awareness around environmental issues as a cutting- edge creative field. The TechArt workshops encouraging collaboration and hands-on learning aim to demystify AI technology, art, and climate change. Led by experts in art, technology, and sustainability, these workshops cater to a diverse audience and offer simple yet effective methods for understanding and addressing the climate emergency.
Organisations extending support to the festival include The British Council, The Rohini & Nandan Nilekani Philanthropies, Goethe-Institut / Max Muller Bhavan Bangalore and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, New Delhi.
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How To Get There
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1. By Air: You can reach Bengaluru via air at Bengaluru International Airport, which is located at a distance of 40 km from the city.
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2. By Rail: Bengaluru Railway Station is located in the heart of the city. Various trains from all over India come to Bengaluru, including the Mysore Express from Chennai, Karnataka Express from Delhi and Udyan Express from Mumbai, which covers many major cities in between.
3. By Road: The city is connected to various other cities via major national highways. Buses from neighbouring states run on a regular basis to Bengaluru, and Bengaluru Bus Stand also runs various buses to major cities in South India.
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
2. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About BeFantastic and Future Everything
BeFantastic and Future Everything
BeFantastic and UK-based arts organisation Future Everything are the organisers of FutureFantastic. The festival…
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