Maya Van Leemput is senior researcher at the research center ‘Open Time | Applied Futures Research’ of the department People & Society at Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Maya is also UNESCO Chairholder on Images of the Futures and Co-creation. Based on a critical theory of alternative futures and postnormal times thinking, her work relies on interdisciplinary, experimental, creative, and participatory approaches. It favours the themes of media, culture, arts, (cross-cultural) communication, development, cities, and science and technology in society.
With a focus on how images of the future can be co-created in different contexts in collaboration with media, arts and design practitioners, Maya works at the intersection of futures and design. She partners with visual artist Bram Goots on Agence Future (AF), a long-term independent project exploring images of the future that started more than 20 years ago with a field journey of 28 countries on five continents. The collaboration combines conversation-based approaches and visual ethnography with multi-media creation. Video documents and exhibitions produced with AF highlight the diversity of images and the need for inclusive exchanges of various scale and scopes about how we design, develop, and transform our futures.
Maya is a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and a senior fellow of the Centre of Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies. She is a Member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Futurists and a founding member of the interdisciplinary visual arts collective OST and Plurality University.
New perspectives clinic
Futures approaches can help expand perspectives on possibility, uncertainty, and change. They can underpin inclusive design approaches and bring them to bear on the present. How do we activate diverse images of the futures to ensure that we don’t just brush the surface of the potential for new forms, thoughts and processes? How can we avoid remaining stuck in business as usual? Futures and design are well suited to working together ‘en route’ to a society where creative processes activate collective imagination and new perspectives.
This clinic centres around futures awareness, making room for emotion, imagination, anticipation, foresight, purposeful action and a keen understanding of the plurality of possible futures.
Saturday, September 18, 09:15