Present Futures 2021 (Glasgow) is the fourth edition of a multi - disciplinary art event curated by Colette Sadler and produced by Feral. The 2021 digital edition will happen from 5th - 7th Feb 2021. This iteration of the festival will be re-imagined as a virtual space and prism through which the local and global can come together to consider post humanism, bodily representation and speculative futures with artistic experimentation at its core. Presenting a collection of short film, artist moving image, immersive audio, online discussion and workshops the digital edition of Present Futures will highlight Scottish and International artists whose work operates between performance, film, visual art and sound.
The 2021 festival will continue an artistic and scientific enquiry into the field of human/non-human relations and entanglements. What is the future of relationships between human and artificial agencies? How do we position ourselves as individuals and collectively within an ever evolving post-humanist world view? How are artists utilising virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotic engineering and synthetic biology to probe hybridisation and new interspecies relations? To what extent are artists reflecting utopian or dystopian futures in their work?
Present Futures is supported by Creative Scotland, The Work Room, Centre for Contemporary Art, Goethe-Institut Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Tramway.